Man fractures skull in fall off roof of taxi

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A MAN suffered a fractured skull when he fell from the roof of a moving cab in Sheffield city centre.

The 29-year-old, from Woodhouse, was among a group of men who climbed on to the roof of the black cab as it pulled up at traffic lights on Carver Street at the junction with Division Street. Police said two of the men fell off as the cab drove off towards Charter Square.

The man was taken to the Northern General Hospital for treatment after the prank went wrong in the early hours of yesterday. He was detained in overnight.

An 18-year-old from Intake, Sheffield, who also fell off the roof, escaped with a minor head injury.

A South Yorkshire Police spokesman said: “Police are appealing for witnesses after two men were injured, one seriously, in a traffic incident in Sheffield city centre.

“Officers understand that a black hackney carriage stopped at traffic lights on Carver Street at the junction with Division Street when a number of males climbed on to the outside of the vehicle.

“The taxi then moved off from the lights towards Charter Square and two men fell from the vehicle.

“Police want to hear from anyone who witnessed the men or the taxi prior to the incident.”

n Anyone with information should call South Yorkshire Police on 101 and quote incident 57 of Wednesday, February 8.