Woman walking in Manhattan hit by flying saw blade

Seven of the eight crew members were rescued, but the vessel's captain is still missing. (NBC/NTV)

NEW YORK (WNBC) — A woman walking in New York was hurt when she was hit by a flying blade that came of a work crew buzz saw, cutting the concrete nearby.

The construction company was tearing up the roadway in Midtown Manhattan to fix a water main Tuesday, when a 3-foot-wide blade came loose and flew 100 feet in the air.

The incident was captured on nearby security cameras.

It was a normal walk to work in Hell’s Kitchen when the morning commute turned into a scene out of a scary movie.

“And all of a sudden, everyone started yelling, ‘Get down! Move!’ It was just like crazy chaos,” said Matthew Bisi.

People on Ninth Avenue were running, ducking and taking cover from this large round saw blade that — just seconds earlier — was slicing into concrete. It threatened to slice down a crowd of pedestrians.

“It was huge,” said Sean Kuilan. “ It looked like it was from a horror flick. I couldn’t believe it.”

If you look closely at the video, you can barely see it whizzing by at the top of the screen. It moved that fast.

“When it came off the machine, it was like one of those twister things that you used to play with when you were a kid,” said Kuilan.

Another camera shows the unthinkable. That blade finds a random target: a woman knocked to the ground.

“It took her right down, gashes on the side of the thigh — pretty shocked,” said Bisi.

Police said she suffered a cut to the leg but was not seriously hurt.

Bisi feels lucky, and he should. In the video, you can see him in a white shirt and a backpack and just how close that saw came to his head.

“I just turned, kind of ducked, put my head down,” he said. “Thing came flying right by my head, missed me by that much. I’m like twitching now just thinking about it. You don’t expect to see that.”

KXAN.com provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s