Taxi driver tells of heroic passenger who saved 20 lives by pushing

first_imgA taxi driver has spoken of the heroic bravery exhibited by one of his passengers during the London terror attack.Aksha Patel told Sky News of how a woman, who was part of a couple in his cab, used her own body to barricade a the door of the Black and Blue restaurant in order to stop a terrorist entering.While she did this for “a few seconds”, people in the restaurant managed to escape out of the rear entrance.The door gave in, and she escaped safely from the terrorist.He said: “‘There was two passengers, they came out of the Black and Blue restaurant. “How they described it to me was they were preventing the guys from getting into the restaurant.”She knew they were bad people trying to break in.”She managed to hold the door for a few seconds but they overpowered her.”People managed to escape through the rear door so she saved maybe 20 peoples lives”.Another taxi driver has described how he tried to knock down three suspected terrorists during the London attack.The unnamed man said he saw the men armed with 12-inch hunting knives, stabbing people “randomly”.”I thought, ‘I’m gonna try and hit him, I’m gonna try and knock him down’,” the man told LBC. “I spun the cab round, I was about to ram one of them, but he side-stepped and three police officers came running towards them with their batons drawn. “I was shouting at everybody, just get away from the area, stay back, just run the other way. There were a good few hundred people out there.”He’s veered across the road towards the right hand of where Southwark Cathedral is and rammed it where the steps are.”He just rammed it towards them, wedged it in between the lamppost and the steps and so he’s hit people there.”They’ve jumped out of the van and started stabbing people randomly. There was a scattering of peopleLondon Bridge and Borough Market have been hit by two coordinated attacks south of the River Thames. Armed police rushed to the scene and shot dead the three male attackers in the Borough Market area near the bridge, as authorities urged Londoners on Twitter to “run, hide, tell” if they were caught up in the violence.Six people have been killed and almost 50 people injured in the  “rampage” in central London, the third terrorist attack to hit the UK in less than three months.   Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img