updated 10/7/2005 6:06:03 AM ET 2005-10-07T10:06:03

Police in Shanghai were looking for a taxi driver who ordered a pregnant woman going into early labor out of his cab, local newspapers reported Friday.

The woman, seven months pregnant, suffered a miscarriage and lost her child after she was forced to take a motorcycle part of the way to the hospital, the reports said.

Guo Meiling, 28, had hailed the cab with her sister-in-law and was on the way to the hospital on Thursday when the driver suddenly ordered the pair out, saying he couldn't find the hospital.

"I told him it was no joking matter, but he told us to get off," Guo's sister-in-law, identified only by her surname, Lin, was quoted as saying by the Shanghai Daily.

It said police were looking for the driver, but had few clues to go on. It wasn't clear what the driver could be charged with, although Shanghai Daily cited unidentified taxi company officials saying he would likely be fired if caught.

Guo was recuperating in a hospital Friday after emergency surgery.

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