|Rescue workers aid victims at the scene where three pedestrians, including a baby, were struck at Tallwood and Centrepointe on Wednesday morning. (CHRIS HOFLEY/QMI Agency)
OTTAWA - A baby is lucky to be alive after a couple walking a stroller was mowed down by a pickup truck in Ottawa on Wednesday.
The two adults - believed to be the baby’s grandparents - were seriously injured, but the child escaped with only scrapes and bruises.
Paramedic spokesperson JP Trottier said it appears that the person pushing the stroller swung the baby out of harm’s way in the nick of time.
“One of the pedestrians may have pulled the stroller away from the point of impact,” Trottier said. “As far as we know, the stroller may not have been hit at all.”
However, a witness to the crash said the child was thrown from the impact.
The stroller could be seen in the middle of the road as rescue workers aided the victims at the scene Wednesday morning.
Meshal Affat, 34, told QMI Agency the couple was crossing at the intersection when the truck turned left on the red light and struck the victims.
Affat said the baby was crying while passersby rushed to help, while the two adults were both initially unconscious.
The woman in her 60s is in critical condition in hospital suffering from head injuries and possible spinal and internal injuries, while the man, also believed to be in his 60s, suffered wounds to his abdomen and arm.
Police did not say whether charges would be laid.