They say when someone is in peril and adrenaline levels surge, it can make people do amazing things. Even forcing 30 strangers in London to make eye contact with each other it seems…
In amazing circumstances on Monday, a woman trapped underneath a taxi in central London was saved by a crowd of pedestrians who lifted the vehicle off her, managing to hold the black cab (well, white actually) in the air while the injured female was dragged to safety and whisked away to hospital.
In a smart and synchronised effort, one person was tasked with releasing the handbrake while the crowd around the vehicle lifted it up, the staggering achievement documented by Tiaan Trahms, a tech consultant working in a building adjacent to King William Street where the accident happened.
The incident happened on King William Street, not too far from the Bank of England. A London Ambulance spokeswoman later said, ““We treated a woman reported to be in her 40s for leg and pelvic injuries. She was taken as a priority to hospital."
Londoners can get a bad rap at times but this incredible tale really does show that there’s an awful lot of collective good in the bustling metropolis. Admittedly, however, one witness, an Argentinian who has lived in London for 18 years, told The Guardian that “English politeness” stopped anyone from immediately running over.
Sharing this viewpoint was fellow onlooker Laura Fares, who told the Evening Standard how she helped rally people into action: “I saw this woman under the cab and I couldn’t quite believe it. At that point, nobody was doing anything. Something inside me kicked in and suddenly I just started shouting at people to help. I started screaming “help or she’s going to die.
“I started shouting at men passing by, screaming ‘you’re a man we need you’. All these bankers and city workers then just started dropping their briefcases and running overs."
Yes, every now and again, even bankers are capable of great things.