Belfast Telegraph

Monday 22 September 2014

Horse transporter accident: family thanks the people who rushed to help

The scene in Irish Street, Downpatrick, two weeks ago when a horse transporter
The scene in Irish Street, Downpatrick, two weeks ago when a horse transporter

The family of the woman knocked down by a runaway horse transporter in Downpatrick has written an open letter thanking those who came to their aid during the freak accident.

Diane Herron, from Newcastle, and her 10-week-old son Jack are recovering in Belfast's Royal Victoria Hospital following the horrific incident.

Mrs Herron was on her way to Downe In The Mouth dental surgery in Irish Street for an appointment on July 30 when a broken-down horse transporter rolled down the hill into her path as she was carrying her baby in a car seat.

While the baby was quickly rescued from his car seat from underneath the lorry, it was some time before his mother – pinned underneath the lorry – was freed by emergency services.

The baby was cared for by staff at the dental surgery before his transfer to hospital.

Mrs Herron suffered a broken pelvis and broken ankle, but remarkably her baby son has escaped serious injury.

The family say they are overwhelmed by the support they received after Mrs Herron's miraculous escape and have written an open letter underlining their gratitude.

Her husband James said: "We are overwhelmed with the level of public support which helps give us strength to aid my wife's recovery. So thank you everybody, it means so much.

"We were all heading to the dentist and I was just parking the car while Diane ran ahead with Jack in his car seat. My other son and I arrived just after it happened to find Jack in a dental nurse's arms and my wife stuck and severely injured under the lorry.

"'I would love to thank everyone individually, and have tried to do so, but I hope those who I haven't reached see this and know how happy I am that their actions helped contribute to the safe extraction of my wife and son, and their care in hospital."

One member of staff at the dental surgery described their shock at witnessing the incident unfold outside their front door.

"We were all pretty shook up over it, I never want to go through that again," the staff member said.

Paul Symington, editor of the Down Recorder newspaper, said the mother did not see the horse lorry rolling back on her and was "just clobbered" by it.

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