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Woman rescuer run over by man she helped

PUBLISHED: 15:31 24 July 2001 | UPDATED: 10:23 03 March 2010

A MAN is on police bail following an incident in which a woman was run over and trapped under the wheels of a car.

A MAN is on police bail today following an incident in which a woman was run over and trapped under the wheels of a car.

The accident occurred on Sunday evening in Broomhayes, Ipswich, at around 7.30am.

One man, aged 57, allegedly arrived at the scene armed with an offensive weapon. It is thought he smashed the window of another man's car.

A woman, who has not been named by Suffolk Police, then appeared on the scene and tried to help the driver, who was in the damaged car.

However, the driver did not see the woman approach and accidentally ran her over.

Eyewitness reports say that the woman hit the bumper before her upper body became trapped under the front two wheels of the vehicle – believed to be a Ford Fiesta.

Around half a dozen men attempted to lift the car off of the stricken woman, but were forced to wait until the pump rescue ladder from Princes Street fire station arrived. Another appliance from Princes Street and one from Colchester Road also attended, as well as ambulances and police vehicles.

The woman suffered a ruptured spleen and was taken to Ipswich Hospital's intensive care unit for an emergency operation. Today she is back on a normal ward and is making steady progress, according to Suffolk Police.

One witness, Brenda Littlewood, who lives directly opposite where the incident took place, said: "We just heard a bang and my husband told me not too look. But I could see what had happened. I rang 999 and told him to go out and help.

"There was a lot of commotion and one man was shouting and screaming."

A spokeswoman for Suffolk Police, Anna Woolnough, confirmed that a 57-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of criminal damage and possession of an offensive weapon. He is on bail and due to appear at Ipswich Police Station on September 21.

The man who was at the wheel of the car will not face any charges.

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