Guernsey pedestrian in intensive care after taxi crash

Emergency services working to free Mrs Smith from under a taxi
Image caption Inflatable airbags were used to lift the vehicle and enable Patricia Smith to be freed from underneath it

A 63-year-old woman who was trapped under a taxi after a crash in St Peter Port's Mill Street is in a serious but stable condition in hospital.

Patricia Smith has been treated in an intensive care ward at Guernsey's Princess Elizabeth Hospital.

Guernsey Police said she may be transferred to a UK hospital in the next few days for specialist treatment.

Police appealed for witnesses to the crash, involving a silver Peugeot, and said they would look at CCTV footage.

Taxi 'unaccompanied'

Some witnesses have already come forward and police confirmed the driver of the taxi, operating for Island Taxis, was not in the vehicle at the time.

Police, ambulance and fire crews were called to the scene of the crash at the bottom of Mill Street in St Peter Port at just after 17:30 BST on Wednesday.

Det Sgt Jason Savident said: "Patricia was walking home when she was struck by an unaccompanied taxi - the driver having got out of his vehicle a little further up Mill Street."

He said several lines of enquiry were being investigated, with a "detailed mechanical examination of the taxi being a priority".

"No arrests have been made at this stage and any consideration on charges is not likely until an examination on the vehicle has been completed," he said.

He also said Island Taxis was co-operating fully with the investigation. The company confirmed this was the case but did not wish to comment further.

The Guernsey Fire and Rescue Service used inflatable bags to lift the vehicle, which had come to rest against a shop at the junction of Mill Street and Market Street.

Guernsey Police closed the road for an hour after the incident, as well as the nearby junction of Le Bordage and Fountain Street, which is one of the main routes into and out of St Peter Port.

Mrs Smith, a senior library assistant at the Guille-Alles Library on Market Street, was taken to accident and emergency at 18:31 and the road was reopened at 18:50.

Det Sgt Savident thanked members of the public for helping at the scene.

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