HERO passers-by tackled a hit-and-run driver and passenger who fled a horrific crash - described by one police officer as the most harrowing he has ever seen.
The Good Samaritans tried to wrestle the cowards to the ground after a silver BMW swerved into a queue of people at a bus stop on Barnsley Road, Fir Vale, leaving eight injured.
One young woman is now awaiting surgery to have her left leg amputated below the knee.
Sgt Steve Askham said today: “It was one of the worst scenes I have come across in my 23 years of policing.”
Members of the public stopped to help and administer first aid before five ambulances arrived.
But the two occupants of the car - described as ‘despicable’ by police - ignored the pedestrians and tried to run.
At least two people tried to stop them as they fled.
The Fir Vale community was left in shock by the crash at the busy bus stop opposite the Northern General Hospital, just after 8pm on Monday.
Police were also appalled by the incident, which left people strewn across the road - four seriously injured and another four with minor injuries.
Surgeons tried to save the leg of the worst-injured pedestrian, a 23-year-old Polish woman, but are now preparing to amputate her food and lower leg.
Sgt Askham, of South Yorkshire Police road policing group, said she was ‘deeply traumatised’.
“She has suffered a very serious, life-changing injury, which she will struggle to come to terms with,” he said.
Police - who arrested one of the offenders but are still searching for the other one - have spoken to one of the heroic passers-by.
But they still want to speak to a taxi driver who stopped his cab and tried to grab one of the fleeing men.
Sgt Askham said: “We have spoken to some witnesses who said there were two people who tried to stop the offenders running from the scene.
“We would like to speak to an elderly Asian taxi driver who attempted to tackle one of the offenders as they fled.”
Unfortunately the fleeing man ‘wrestled his way free’, Sgt Askham said.
A 22-year-old Asian man believed to be the driver of the BMW was caught and arrested on suspicion of dangerous driving and failing to stop.
The second man in the car, also Asian, who was ‘possibly wearing a red top or dark clothing’.
Officers want to speak to any of the people who gave first aid, or who saw the car before the crash - a silver P-reg BMW 323i coupe with black alloy wheels.
Sgt Askham added: “We would like to appeal to the community in general about what they know about the use of this car.
“They can come and speak to us in confidence. They don’t have to have a police officer come to their home if they don’t want to - they can come and speak to us.”
n Call police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111, quoting incident number 1168 of 2/7/12.