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Lisburn, Co. Antrim, Northern Ireland



Quick thinking grandmother saves baby from traffic accident


A GRANDMOTHER has saved the life of her 11-month-old granddaughter by pushing her pram onto the grass verge just seconds before a car crashed into her on Upper Dunmurry Lane.

The woman, in her 50's, was pushing the pram along the pavement when she was thrown four feet into the air after being struck by a car which had been in a collision with a van.

According to eye witnesses the collision at the notorious black spot, where a young schoolgirl was killed some years ago, resulted in the van ending up on its side.

The grandmother was taken away by ambulance and the baby was also taken to the Royal Victoria Hospital.

Police said that the van driver was also taken to hospital.

Local MLA Jennifer McCann said she hoped the woman would make a full recovery and praised her actions.

"This woman was really very lucky," she said. "Goodness only knows what might have happened if she had not seen what was going to happen. The baby was very lucky to have escaped.

All our thoughts and prayers are with the woman and we all hope that she is all right and makes a full recovery."

Taxi driver Peter Marley views the scene of the road traffic accident at Dunmurry Lane earlier this week when a grandmother was injured saving her granddaughter's life after a van collided with Peter's taxi. Pic by Mal McCann.

Ulster Star