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3 injured after taxi jumps curb in downtown San Francisco, strikes shoe shine stand

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Posted at 5:49 PM, Aug 23, 2016
and last updated 2016-08-23 20:49:58-04

SAN FRANCISCO - Authorities say three people are critically injured Tuesday after a taxi jumped a curb and plowed into an advertising kiosk and a shoe shine stand at a busy corner in downtown San Francisco.

San Francisco police Officer Grace Gatpandan says the taxi driver and two people who were at the shoe shine stand were rushed to a hospital with life threatening injuries.

Gatpandan said the taxi was traveling west Tuesday afternoon when it jumped the curb on Market and Sutter Streets in San Francisco's Financial District.

Officials initially said the taxi had crashed against a public toilet but later said it hit an advertising kiosk.

A large crowd was standing around the yellow cab that came to rest against a street lamp.

Fire Department Lt. Jonathan Baxter says that when emergency personnel arrived at the scene the injured "were in different states of consciousness."

Police are unsure what caused the accident and are talking to witnesses.