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Taxi takes downstairs path to walkway

A taxi yesterday "walked" its way down a stairway and landed on a pedestrian underpass in downtown Zhabei District yesterday (as shown at bottom by pictures posted on the microblog, shocking passers-by but causing no injuries.

The drama happened about 11:50am on the Datong Road underpass, which is open only to pedestrians and bike riders and is off-limits to vehicles, police said. The taxi, which was carrying no passengers, was making a left turn toward the underpass, said a witness, when it suddenly went onto the steps and bounced down the stairs.

"As I rushed out, the cab had already stopped on a flat platform halfway down the underpass," said a witness, surnamed Zhang.

The taxi was driven by a middle-aged woman, police said. Witnesses said the woman "looked pale and stayed motionless in the taxi for a long time." She was not identified.

"Luckily there were few pedestrians walking when the accident happened," said one witness.

Police said they were still looking into the odd incident. Officers suspected that the driver, who had come from the direction of the nearby Shanghai Railway Station, was not familiar with the roads. She failed to see the traffic sign that noted it's a pedestrian underpass.

The woman, unable to compose herself, said she could not remember exactly what had happened, police said.

The stranded vehicle, with its bottom and back end damaged, was towed out about two hours later, police said.

A driver's license check showed the taxi belonged to a Pudong fleet and the driver acquired her license in 2006.


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