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Cabbies in spotlight after man hurt

A MORAL debate erupted once again yesterday after an old man was injured in a road accident in Zhabei District and was left lying on the street for about five minutes before a taxi driver finally pulled over and took him to a hospital.

Witnesses said many cabs refused to pull over once they saw the man, in his 80s, was bleeding.

One witness said the man was only helped after a police officer arrived at the scene and halted a cab.

The accident happened about 9am on Hutai Road in front of a residential complex. The man was hit by a car as he crossed the road pushing a bicycle, said the witness.

Another witness surnamed Ke said he and others tried to halt passing cabs, but they just "sped away after seeing the injured man."

The man was still in critical condition last night after receiving treatment.

Traffic authorities were still investigating the case.

It's not the first time cabbies have been singled out for refusing to take an injured person to a hospital.

In January, some taxi drivers declined to take four injured workers to a hospital after they were stabbed on a bus in Minhang District.

Several cabbies told Shanghai Daily they fear being blamed if anything happens to an injured person on the way to hospital.

"Usually I would prefer if the injured person or patient has a companion," said cabbie Wan Xiaokou.

Wan was praised after he took a woman with a broken leg to a hospital last month.

He even paid part of her medical bill before the woman's family arrived and reimbursed him.

Wan said a colleague had once been blamed by a victim he escorted to hospital.

"I think it's better to leave the emergencies to the professionals," Wan said.

Other taxi drivers said they would like to help people in need but that they were also worried blood stains left on the seats would damage future business.


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