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CAREENING CAB INJURES DRIVER, 10 OTHER PEOPLE

A taxi barreled out of control along busy 42nd Street, ramming a station wagon into a pedestrian and striking several other vehicles before coming to a stop. Eleven people, including the cab driver and his pregnant passenger, were injured.

Authorities said criminal charges were pending against the driver, Syed M. Zia, 54.

The cab was traveling along West 42nd Street on Monday when it hit the station wagon, which then hit a pedestrian, authorities said. The cab went around the station wagon, striking the pedestrian a second time, then sped off and hit a minibus, a car and finally a row of taxicabs, police said.

"It was louder and louder: crunch, crunch, crunch," said Mahdy Parks, a witness.

Emergency workers tore the roof off of Zia's vehicle to rescue him.

Zia was hospitalized with injuries including two broken legs. His 8 1/2 months pregnant passenger, Maria Stein of East Rutherford, N.J., suffered a fractured wrist and neck. Her baby, a girl, was delivered and was fine, Bellevue Hospital said.

Ruben Abayez, the pedestrian, suffered a ruptured spleen and possibly a fractured pelvis. The driver, Stein and Abayez all remained in critical condition Tuesday in Bellevue Hospital. Eight other people also were hurt.

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