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Elderly woman has leg amputated after being hit by 12 tonne truck in Finchley Road

14:43 02 April 2014

The cyclist was rushed to hospital by paramedics after colliding with a car and smashing through one its windows

The cyclist was rushed to hospital by paramedics after colliding with a car and smashing through one its windows

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An elderly woman hit by a 12 tonne truck in Finchley Road last week has had her leg amputated, the police say.

The 79-year-old suffered serious injuries after a lorry ran over her right leg and arms at the junction of Finchley Road and Fairfax Road on Thursday.

It was said to have happened while she was crossing the road.

One witness, a teacher, said: “I think she thought the truck had stopped so tried to cross the road but it drove off again.

“She just walked in front of it and the lorry ran over her leg and arm.

“The truck wasn’t going fast but it looked very serious.”

Speaking just after the incident, the driver of the truck said: “I’m shaking life a leaf.

“I didn’t see her - she was in my blind spot.

“Next thing I know someone’s banging on the side of the truck.

“I just hope she’s okay. She seems to be talking and conscious.”

The elderly woman is said to be in a stable condition.

It comes after a fortnight of numerous accidents along Finchley Road and around the Swiss Cottage junction area.

A woman suffered serious injuries after being hit by a car outside Swiss Cottage tube the previous week and a cyclist smashed through a car window after also being involved in a collision with a car a few days later.

His condition was not thought to be life-threatening.

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