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Derry mum thanks men who lifted car off daughter (4)

Amelia Carlin suffered extensive injuries after being knocked down

By Michael Shiels McNamee

The mother of a four-year-old girl injured in a crash in Londonderry has offered her thanks to the men who lifted a car off her daughter.

Amelia Carlin suffered a fractured pelvis and a broken femur after being knocked down in Magowan Park on February 25.

Speaking to BBC Radio Foyle's The Breakfast Show, Amelia Carlin's mother Niamh reached out to men who helped lift the car off her daughter.

"I would like to say a huge thank you to them all, not just them but everybody who was at the scene at the time. Because I don’t know what I would have done if they hadn’t been there. So I’ll be forever grateful for all the help done that day for me and Amelia," she said.

Amelia was knocked down while crossing the road on return from a friend's house.

"I just seen everyone running up the street and past my house. And I knew there was something going on, and Amelia’s shoe was out my front but the car was on up the street a wee bit," Niamh said.

"So it’s when it clicked on me that it was her. And by this stage all the men were holding, trying to lift the car up off her. So I ran up the street and ran around the front of the car and threw myself under the front of the car and I could see her. She was awake but her wee coat was stuck under the wheel.

"So I just tugged her a few times and pulled her out from under the car."

Amelia is being treated at the Royal Belfast Hospital for Sick Children.

"She has just been asking where has she been. And I just told her she has been in hospital, she had a wee accident. And that’s what it was, an accident. There was no way that the driver could have possibly seen her," Niamh said. 

Officers responding to the incident were attacked by stone throwers while investigating the crash.

On this she said: "I was in the hospital, but I heard about it. At the end of the day they were up trying to help. It wasn’t right, it shouldn’t have happened."

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