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Taxi Driver Dies in Bizarre Midtown Accident

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A taxi driver for the taxi service Uber died in a bizarre accident in Manhattan.

Police say a 58-year-old man stopped his SUV on Madison Avenue near East 49th Street and stepped out.

Authorities say the car then started to roll backward.

The driver tried to jump back into the front seat, but part of his body was still outside the car.
Police say an SUV then sideswiped a parked car, pinning the man in between before completely knocking him out of the vehicle.

One witness says the scene was chaotic.

"I thought this was a movie because it was just like, I'm crossing the street and this man is screaming in the middle of the street 'Get out of the way!' and there's cars going in full reverse on the middle of 48th Street and Madison Avenue in the middle of a work day on a Thursday. I thought they were recording a movie and next thing you know there's a man laying on the floor and it was severe. The whole place is still closed up,” said the witness.

The victim was taken to the hospital where he was pronounced dead.

In a statement, Uber said it was saddened by the loss and extended condolences to the the driver's family.

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