UPDATE: Road where mum saved daughter is re-opened

THE road where a mother saved her child from being run over by a lorry has been re-opened by police.

A 37-year-old woman was hit by the skip lorry at 9am today (Thursday, February 9) when crossing Whyke Road with two children. Police said she bravely pushed her daughter out of harms way, but was then hit herself by the lorry.

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.

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.”