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Belfast tot's mangled pram miracle escape

By John Mulgrew

A businessman has recalled the horrifying moment a car crashed into a pram in which a newborn baby was sleeping.

Four people were injured during the smash when a car veered off the Cliftonville Road in north Belfast before ploughing into a pram.

It then continued on, smashing into the Capital City Chinese takeaway.

The basket of the pram was struck by the car, throwing it into the air before it landed several feet away.

The baby boy's aunt, who is thought to be from the neighbourhood, was trapped underneath the black Renault Clio.

Those witnessing the crash ran to help the bleeding woman and remove her from under the car.

Jack Lowry, who owns the Ashgrove News shop beside the scene of the crash, said he had left the takeaway moments before the accident on Friday evening.

"I was standing talking to the girl in the takeaway and then went into the shop.

"I just saw the car hitting the bin and then the pram.

"The pram was mangled - it was one of the old fashioned Silver Cross types.

"The carriage sprung off the pram and landed just in front, with the baby still in it.

"I was speaking to a woman yesterday who was injured along with her granddaughter.

"She said there was bleeding on the child's brain and they were going to have to operate - she's only about eight or nine."

He added a group of children had been sitting in the shop at the time and had a lucky escape.

"It was scary - it looked terrible. You don't expect to come out to see a car like that.

"If it had have been a wee buggy it would have been a different story."

The Capital City takeaway was open for business yesterday with the shop front boarded up.

According to a spokeswoman for the Belfast Trust, the baby remains in a stable condition.

His aunt is also said to be in a stable condition.

It is thought the child suffered a fractured skull as a result of the accident.

Two adults who were injured have since been discharged with one girl readmitted on Saturday after suffering from persistent vomiting.

Police said they were appealing for any information regarding the crash, which happened at around 6.30pm on Friday.

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