Baby killed in Parisian cement mixer accident
Oliver Gee · 2 Mar 2012, 12:34
Published: 02 Mar 2012 12:34 GMT+01:00
A baby girl has died in Paris after being hit by a cement mixer which was reversing through a red light.
The baby, aged one-and-a-half, was being pushed in a stroller by her 64-year-old nanny when the truck hit at 10.30 on Thursday morning, according to Le Parisien newspaper.
The incident occurred at an intersection in Porte d'Orleans, southern Paris. Witnesses of the horrific tragedy recounted the event to Le Parisien.
“When the light went green, he drove straight ahead and seemed surprised to see the no entry signs on the road ahead which is reserved for trams” said a nearby mechanic worker to the paper.
“He reversed so he could turn to the right”.
The woman and two children were meanwhile on the footpath behind the truck at a pedestrian crossing. They were hit by the cement mixer and the stroller with the baby became caught in the truck’s axles, a vision that witnesses reported was “difficult to endure”.
“The driver, 49, certainly didn’t see them as he began his maneuver,” another witness told the paper.
Dozens of shocked bystanders came running to help, and were soon joined by police and firefighters.
The child was taken in an ambulance to the Necker hospital but died in transit.
The woman was also with a two-year-old boy, yet both were largely unscathed in the accident. The 64-year-old is recovering from a fractured leg in the Saint Joseph hospital.
The truck driver is currently in custody, and police have reported that no drugs or alcohol was involved, according to the paper.
Police are calling for witnesses, and believe a nearby security camera may reveal further details.