Pensioner suffers head injuries after being knocked down by taxi

Police at the scene of the accident in Pallion
Police at the scene of the accident in Pallion
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A PENSIONER suffered head injuries after being knocked down by a taxi.

Eyewitnesses said they saw the 78-year-old, who is believed to live in the Pallion area, step into the road with her walking aid.

She was then hit by a taxi driving along Pallion Road yesterday.

The taxi driver is believed to have slammed his brakes on but was too late and hit the woman.

Colin Stamford, 41, who works in the area, said: “It was pretty awful and there was blood everywhere.

“We heard a commotion and when we went down the street to have a look we saw her on the floor.

“There were a lot of people in the road trying to help and then she was taken to hospital.”

A 20-year-old witness, who does not want to be named, added: “The woman just stepped out in front of the car. The car tried to swerve out of the way but just hit her.

“There were a lot of passers-by helping and a guy was stood in the road directing the traffic past until the police got there.

“There was quite a lot of blood there and a lot of blood on her head, it looked nasty but she seemed to be OK, which is the main thing.

“The driver was shaken up after it.”

Police cordoned off Pallion Road between Midmoor Road and Kimberley Street after the incident at just before noon yesterday.

Traffic officers remained on scene for several hours to piece together what happened.

Police have said her injuries are not believed to be life-threatening.

Anyone with information is asked to phone police on 03456 043 043 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.