Witnesses have described a woman's incredible courage after
her leg was almost severed by the rear tray of a reversing
truck - and how they assured her she would not die in their
"I heard screaming and then I heard 'help, help, help' ... we
ran over and there was a girl, she was up against the wall
and her leg was practically severed," said a woman who was on
her way to brunch in Auckland with her sister as the event
She said the incident was "absolutely horrid". She and her
sister tried to comfort and help the badly injured woman, 37,
while they waited for paramedics to arrive.
"She was crying out for her babies and was crying out, 'I'm
dying, I'm dying' and my sister said to her 'no, you're not
dying sweetheart, you're in shock'," the woman said.
"Obviously she wasn't feeling any pain and then she just sort
of went calm and I was like, oh my God, she's gone."
The witnesses spoke to the Herald about the ordeal yesterday
as the victim recovered in Auckland City Hospital.
The woman was running down Richmond Rd in Grey Lynn about
10.30am on Sunday when the truck began reversing towards her
with its back tray down. The tray pinned the woman against a
Hell Pizza owner Edward Chen heard a loud bang, followed by a
woman screaming "help, help, help".
"When I went there to have a look I saw three or four people
around the lady. Her legs were totally broken."
One contractor said of the scream: "I've never heard anything
Police are investigating the incident but say that it is too
early to determine if any charges will be laid.
They initially told media the woman had lost one leg and that
the other had to be "surgically removed". Yesterday
spokeswoman Noreen Hegarty issued a statement saying that
information was incorrect.
"Police accept the information passed to you is incorrect and
apologise for any confusion it has caused."
The victim's family said she was "recovering".
They were not ready to speak further about the incident and
requested that the specifics of her condition be withheld.
The driver of the truck has been stood down pending the
It is understood the driver was picking up empty mail cartons
from the Grey Lynn branch of NZ Post, which was closed, when
the incident occurred.
The CourierPost truck is owned by a contractor for Express
Couriers Limited. An employee of the owner was driving at the
ECL spokeswoman Ana-Mari Gates-Bowey said: "The driver is
extremely distressed and is receiving support from ECL and
Chief operating officer Paul Trotman said ECL was
investigating the incident and had conducted interviews with
the contractor and his employee.
"We recognise this is a traumatic time for everyone
- additional reporting Anna Leask