Quick-thinking mother pushes kids to safety in West Sussex road accident

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A BRAVE mother managed to push her daughters to safety before she was hit by a skip lorry.

The 37-year-old woman was crossing Whyke Road, in Chichester, to take one of her children to the nearby Rumboldswhyke School when the accident happened.

Her daughters, aged three and five, had been on their scooters.

The mother was released from underneath the lorry with help from West Sussex Fire and Rescue Service.

She was flown to Southampton General Hospital by air ambulance following the incident at 9am on Thursday.

Although it appears the lorry was driving at a slow speed, the woman was dragged along for a short distance before the vehicle came to rest.

The woman, from Chichester, is said to be in a stable condition with serious but not life-threatening leg injuries.

One of the girls received slight grazing but neither needed hospital treatment.

Police closed the road while they dealt with the incident.

Inspector Phil Nicholas, of the Sussex Road Policing Unit, said: ‘We are in the early stages of establishing exactly what happened.

‘We would like any witnesses to contact us via 101 quoting Operation Bass.’