Woman breaks both legs after she’s hit by van

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A 68-YEAR-OLD woman was rushed to hospital with two broken legs after being trapped under the wheels of a van for more than half an hour.

The woman was run over by a Ford Transit van as she crossed Fawcett Road, Southsea, using a walking frame.

Emergency services were called to the incident, outside the Fawcett Inn, at 1.15pm today and police officers closed the road straight away.

Two fire crews from Southsea attended the incident.It took them just over half an hour to free the woman using hydraulic equipment to lift the van.

Paramedics then assessed her condition and dressed her legs in splints before taking her to Southampton General Hospital by ambulance.

Southsea fire station’s crew manager Dave Bird-Newell said: ‘We were called to an incident at 1.15pm by the ambulance service because a woman was trapped under the tyre of a car.

‘We lifted the vehicle off with hydraulic lifting gear to allow ambulance crews to treat her legs.

‘The firefighters did very well and carried out the job in hand extremely quickly and safely.

‘The woman was conscious throughout the whole thing, but inevitably deep shock set in.

‘She was badly injured, and her age increased concern of her condition.

‘She had been crossing the road with her frame which also collapsed onto her legs at the same time.’

The woman is believed to live locally.

Her injuries are not life threatening.

The road was eventually reopened by police at 2.20pm.

Anyone with any information about the incident is asked to contact PC Phill Hunt at Fratton Roads Policing Unit on 101

Or 0845 045 4545 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.