Argentine woman survives fall from 23rd floor

Mon Jan 24, 2011 6:15pm EST
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BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) - An Argentine woman survived after jumping from the 23rd floor of a downtown Buenos Aires hotel on Monday, landing on a taxi moments after the driver dashed to safety, the state news agency reported.

The 33-year-old woman was in the intensive care ward of a Buenos Aires hospital after the suicide attempt, the Telam agency said.

Taxi driver Miguel Cajal said he got out of his parked taxi and ran for safety when he saw a policeman looking up at the woman, who was on an upper floor of the Panamericano hotel.

"If I hadn't got out, I'd be dead," Cajal, 39, told local television, which showed pictures of his mangled vehicle, its windshield and roof crushed by the impact of the woman's fall.

(Reporting by James Matthews; Editing by David Storey)

<p>A woman lies injured atop a taxi where she fell from the 23rd floor of the Hotel Panamericano in Buenos Aires, January 24, 2011. Photo taken on a mobile phone. REUTERS/Denisse Pato Beratis</p>