UPDATE: Mother pushed daughter to safety before being hit by lorry in Chichester

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A BRAVE mother had managed to push at least one of her two daughters to safety before she was hit by a skip lorry in Chichester, police have said.

The 37-year-old local woman was crossing Whyke Road at 9am today (Thursday, February 9) 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, and was flown to Southampton General Hospital by air ambulance.

She 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. The lorry driver was also unharmed.

Although it appears the lorry was driving at a slow speed the woman was dragged long for a short distance before it came to rest. She had managed to push at least one of her daughters to safety as the accident occurred. No one else was injured.

Police have closed Whyke Road while they carry out their investigations. It is anticipated it will be open again this afternoon.

Inspector Phil Nicholas of the Sussex Road Policing Unit said: “We are in the early stages of establishing exactly what happened and would like any witnesses to contact us via 101 quoting Operation Bass.”