Latin America & Caribbean

Argentina woman survives 23-storey hotel fall

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Media captionThe aftermath of the fall was captured by a passer-by with a mobile phone

A woman has survived after falling from the 23rd floor of a hotel in the Argentine capital, Buenos Aires.

Her fall was broken by a taxi, whose driver got out moments before the impact crushed the roof and shattered the windscreen.

Eyewitnesses said the woman had climbed over a safety barrier and leapt from a restaurant at the top of the Hotel Crowne Plaza Panamericano.

She was taken to intensive care for treatment for multiple injuries.

The woman, who has not been named, is reported to be an Argentine in her 30s.

The taxi driver, named by local media as Miguel, said he got out of his vehicle just before the impact after noticing a policeman looking up.

"I got out of the car a second before. If I had not got out, I would have been killed," he told Radio 10.

"I was only 10 metres from the impact. It made a terrible noise," he added.

The Hotel Crowne Plaza Panamericano overlooks the Obelisk, one of the best known landmarks in Buenos Aires.