AN 84-year-old woman has been taken to hospital with suspected life threatening injuries after being hit by a lorry.
The pedestrian was walking in St Mary’s Road near Woodland Street in Kingston, Portsmouth, when was hit by the Brit-European articulated lorry and became trapped underneath it.
Four fire crews - two from Southsea and two from Cosham - worked to free the victim from under the back wheels of the vehicle following the crash, which happened at about 1.30pm today.
She was taken to Queen Alexandra Hospital in Cosham with life threatening injuries.
The lorry driver, a 60-year-old man from East Sussex, was not injured but has been arrested on suspicion of driving without due care and attention.
Andrea Pontikis, from Adames Road, Kingston, was in St Mary’s Road when the crash happened.
She said: ‘I was walking with my head down when I heard the lady shout for help.
‘Another girl was already ringing the ambulance and police. When I looked the woman was already underneath the wheels.
‘I sat with her until the ambulance, police and fire brigade came.’
A Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service spokeswoman said: ‘A female was released from the rear axles of a truck and was taken to hospital by South Central Ambulance Service [NHS Trust].
‘We then made the scene safe.’
St Mary’s Road was shut following the accident.
Police said the closure – from the junction of Fratton Road to Shakespeare Road – is likely to remain in place until at least 5pm today.
In a statement, Hampshire Police said: ‘Police are appealing for witnesses after an elderly woman was seriously injured following a crash on St Mary’s Road, Portsmouth.
‘Shortly after 1.30pm today for reasons unknown, an 84-year-old woman from Portsmouth was in collision with a lorry.
‘She sustained serious injuries and has been taken to Queen Alexandra Hospital with potentially life-threatening injuries.’
Anyone with information is asked to contact Fratton Roads Policing Unit on 101 or 0845 0454545 quoting Operation Stangate.
Alternatively call the Crimestoppers charity anonymously on 0800 555 111.