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Saw blade comes loose, hits NYC pedestrian in leg

Woman Struck By Flying Buzzsaw Blade While Walking In Manhattan

NEW YORK (AP) -- Authorities say a pedestrian was injured when a circular saw blade at a New York City construction site came loose, flew about 100 feet through the air and struck her.

The victim was hit in the leg Tuesday as she was walking in midtown Manhattan.


The blade, which is about 3-feet wide, is used to cut through concrete.

Police say it broke loose, flew up in the air and hit a tree before cutting a deep gash in the woman's leg. She was taken to a hospital. Her condition wasn't immediately known.

Police say the construction company was replacing a ruptured water main.

According to the New York Post, the Department of Design and Construction said in a statement the contractor was ordered not to use any saws until they were inspected and deemed safe.

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lposi May 28 2014 at 10:26 AM

A three foot "WIDE" blade? Who writes these stories, a five year old? The blade may be an eighth inch WIDE and three feet in diameter.

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lpengrg May 28 2014 at 10:29 AM

"Saw blade horrifies NYC." What a terrorist saw blade? Good grief!!! who are these writers, grade schoolers?

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coopdabomb May 28 2014 at 11:27 AM

Union workers at their best

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innovator14 May 28 2014 at 2:31 PM

horified the whole city huh ? morons

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Franco innovator14 May 28 2014 at 7:22 PM

Hey, cities are dangerous, "the peops live on top of one another and they cannibalize each other." Lol, Napoleon said it!

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turqea.blue May 28 2014 at 10:32 AM

BIG,FAT LAWSUIT!!

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Franco turqea.blue May 28 2014 at 7:24 PM

Yes, another one where the victim only gets one third of theb settlement!

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kentuckycowby Franco May 29 2014 at 1:37 AM

Yeah and it will probably take her 15 years just to get 1/3 of it and the lawyer gets 2/3, and she has to pull teeth first just to get to the 15 year point.

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dwtomczyk May 28 2014 at 12:39 PM

hells kitchen is the lower west side not midtown

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ChingOW Mango May 28 2014 at 6:18 PM

With all the construction constantly going on in Manhattan I am surprised there aren't more accidents. So they must be doing a good job - I'm sorry this happened to this woman - horrible accident. Talk about being in the wrong place at the wrong time,

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Buckingham's May 28 2014 at 1:39 PM

I guess she never SAW that coming.

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Junkmale Buckingham's May 28 2014 at 9:07 PM

Ha Ha! You're such a cut up!

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bwess8 Junkmale May 28 2014 at 11:01 PM

Now Now don't be cutting anyone low.

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red10347 May 28 2014 at 1:06 PM

why not add a Jersey barries at each end of the saw cut ???

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ffjsb red10347 May 28 2014 at 3:04 PM

That won't stop a spinning sawblade.

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Richard red10347 May 29 2014 at 1:28 AM

ya and put out the traffic cones!

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Greg Bays May 28 2014 at 10:39 PM

Things like this happen every day! I can't believe this qualifies for one of the top 45 stories AOL promotes. I cut off a finger and no body in the emergency ward treated me until I passed out. How about real news AOL!

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