UPDATE at 1:30 PM | A TODDLER who was accidentally run over by a car being driven by her mother outside a mechanic shop in Sydney has tragically died on her way to hospital.
The two-year-old girl was struck by the reversing car in a driveway outside a mechanic shop on Beamish Street at Campsie, in the city’s southwest, around 10:40am, police said.
It has since been revealed the vehicle was being driven by the child’s mother as she attempted to reverse down the driveway, which reportedly also services the family’s home.
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Multiple ambulances raced to the scene where a team of paramedics worked on the critically injured toddler in a desperate effort to keep her alive.
Police officers used blankets to shield the child as she was gently placed into the back of an ambulance.
A fleet of highway patrol vehicles was dispatched to clear the roads and highways, including the M5, for the ambulance to allow for a smooth, uninterrupted journey to the Sydney Children’s Hospital at Randwick.
Powerful footage of the dramatic dash to the hospital, shot by the 7 News helicopter, shows police and paramedics working together in incredible scenes as they tried to get the child to hospital as quickly as possible. See it below.
The footage was broadcast live to more than 1.2 million people on the 7 News Sydney Facebook page, many of whom have praised police and paramedics for the way in which they worked together in the incredible operation.
Sadly though, despite the incredible combined effort between emergency services, police confirmed the two-year-old was pronounced deceased upon arriving at the hospital after going into cardiac arrest.
Speaking to reporters, police described the scene was “horrific” and said the driver was “absolutely hysterical”.
“Police and ambulance [officers] were confronted with quite a horrific scene,” police said.
“This is a horrific scene, for not only the driver but for all those involved, particularly for the police and the emergency services.”
Police said the woman who was behind the wheel of the car at the time has been taken to hospital for mandatory blood and urine testing.
The Metropolitan Crash Investigation Unit is at the scene, investigating all circumstances surrounding the tragedy.
FIRST at 11:15 AM | A TWO-year-old girl has been rushed to hospital in a critical condition after being run over by a car at a mechanic shop at Campsie, in Sydney’s southwest.
Police said the car was reversing out of a driveway at the back of the Beamish Street business when it struck the toddler around 10.45am on Thursday.
She was treated by paramedics at the scene before being rushed to Sydney Children’s Hospital in a critical condition.
The ambulance was given a police escort to the hospital.
A crime scene has been established and is being examined by the Metropolitan Crash Investigation Unit.
The female driver has been taken to hospital for mandatory blood and urine tests.