Northern Ireland

Mother and baby stable after Downpatrick crash

The incident happened in Irish Street at about 14:00 BST
Image caption The incident happened in Irish Street at about 14:00 BST

A mother and baby are in stable conditions in hospital after being trapped under a lorry that struck them in Downpatrick.

It is understood a horse transporter that was parked on the top of Irish Street suddenly careered down the street at about 14:00 BST on Tuesday.

The woman was walking and carrying her baby in a child seat.

A mechanic who had been working on the lorry ran down the street and managed to get the baby out from under it.

However, a shopkeeper told the BBC that the woman was trapped under the vehicle for as long as 40 minutes.

The Northern Ireland Ambulance Service said they were called to Irish Street following reports that a lorry had rolled down a hill and struck pedestrians.

Three ambulances were sent to the scene and the mother and baby were taken to the Royal Hospital in Belfast.