Woman Hit by Truck in Virginia Pushes Stroller Out of Harm's Way

A woman pushing a baby in a stroller near the Key Bridge in Arlington, Virginia, was hit by a dump truck Thursday morning but managed to push the stroller out of the way.

The woman was seriously hurt, but the baby was unharmed, Arlington police said.

The rush-hour crash occurred at Fort Myer Drive and Lee Highway, just south of the Key Bridge. Officers were dispatched to the scene about 9:25 a.m.

Witnesses told News4 that women in the area scooped the baby out of the stroller as medics examined the woman. 

"Miraculously, the baby seemed to be fine," Niamh Bennett said. She and a coworker heard a commotion and rushed to help the victim. 

"My colleague and myself, we decided to do whatever we could. We ran and got towels from our gym. Our first thought was, try to stop the bleeding," Bennett said. 

Bennett said she was impressed by how many people hurried to help. 

"It just shows there really is good in people," she said. 

A red-and-black stroller remained on the scene later Thursday, with a woman's purse hooked onto the handle. A pair of boots lay in the street.

The woman was taken to a hospital with serious but non-life-threatening injuries, police said. 

The truck driver remained on the scene. An investigation is underway, and roads in the area were closed. 

Police will review any available surveillance footage and speak to any witnesses to determine whether the driver will be charged. 

A 5-month-old baby was killed in Lansdowne, Virginia, in August 2016 after a driver hit his mother and his stroller as they used a crosswalk. The driver who killed Tristan Schulz was sentenced to a year in jail.

Two years earlier, a 39-year-old woman was hit by a dump truck and killed in Arlington as she reached into her parked minivan for one of her children. The driver who hit Jennifer Lawson near Nottingham Elementary School was fined $100 and ordered to spend six days in jail

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