The INSIDER Summary:
- On Monday night, an attack at a Manchester Ariana Grande concert left 22 people dead and dozens more injured.
- Some taxi drivers helped people flee the scene by offering free rides throughout the night.
- One taxi driver told Channel 4 News, “We stick together when it counts.”
In the moments of chaos after the horrific attack during Ariana Grande’s Manchester concert Monday night, quick-thinking locals leapt into action to help those fleeing the scene.
One of those locals was taxi driver AJ Singh. Just after the attack, he placed a sign on his cab that read, “Free taxi if needed,” Metro reports.
“I’ve had people who needed to find loved ones, I dropped them to the hospital, they’ve not had any money, they’ve been stranded,” Singh said in an interview with Channel 4 News. “We should, you know, come out and show whoever has done this that it doesn’t matter because we’re glue and we stick together when it counts.”
A journalist near the scene of the attack shared this photo of Singh on Twitter, calling the man “a beautiful soul.”
Another journalist shared a close-up of what seems to be the sign Singh taped to his rear windshield.
— Adam McClean (@AdamMcCleanITV) May 23, 2017
But Singh is apparently not the only taxi driver to have offered his services free of charge. More tweets sourced by Metro suggest that many drivers spent the night giving complimentary rides.
Taxi drivers turning off their meters
Chippies handing out free chips
Hotels taking in scared kids#Manchester
— Jason Hancock (@FimusTauri) May 23, 2017
Taxi drivers, all drove into Manchester to offer free fares home to those people in Manchester last night. Hat off to all of you