Taxi crash lands on man in hotel bed

Taxi crash lands on man in hotel bed
Police investigate the scene where a Radio Cab plowed right through a ground floor unit at the Jupiter Hotel on Thursday, Dec. 8, 2011 in Portland, Ore. The taxicab crashed into a hotel room in east Portland and landed atop a man still in bed. A police officer and three maintenance workers lifted the car off him. The Oregonian reports the man was seriously injured. Authorities say he was sent to a trauma unit with life-threatening injuries. Authorities say the driver of the cab apparently was suffering from a low blood sugar level late Thursday morning. The rescue operation included getting the taxi into reverse and driving it out of the unit. (AP Photo/The Oregonian, Thomas Boyd)

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A taxicab plowed through the front window of a Portland motel room Thursday, landing on top of a man who was in bed and seriously injuring him.

Police said 40-year-old Jon Toubin of New York City was taken to a hospital, where he remains in serious condition. The cab driver was at the Juniper Hotel to pick up a customer but was waved off when she arrived. She apparently suffered a medical emergency and accelerated through the front of the ground-floor room shortly before 11 a.m.

"It kind of drove up and over the bed and it rested on the back side of the wall," Fire Bureau spokesman Paul Corah said.

Portland police officer Stuart Palmiter, a 19-year veteran, enlisted the help of witnesses and hotel employees to lift the rear of the taxi off of Toubin so paramedics could begin treating him.

Police identified the driver as 52-year-old Terry Uding and said she was treated and released from a hospital.

Steve Fish, the day superintendent from Radio Cab, arrived to drive away the 2008 Scion, which still has blood smeared on the front bumper and license plate.

"I've been with this company for 40 years," he told the Oregonian. "This is one of our worst fears ... an occupational hazard."

A person who answered the phone at the hotel declined to comment.

Police are investigating and have not issued and citations.
 

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