Accident victim is now stable

The accident scene on Tuesday. Photo: Barry Smith

The accident scene on Tuesday. Photo: Barry Smith

A WOMAN hit by a trailer being towed in Tamworth’s CBD earlier this week has been taken out of an induced coma.

The 41-year-old American tourist was airlifted to a Sydney hospital in a critical state after she was struck on Marius St on Tuesday morning by a trailer being towed by a white utility.

Yesterday, the woman’s condition improved and doctors took her out of a coma before she was listed as stable in Westmead Hospital.

The moments leading up to the accident are still under investigation, but eyewitnesses say it was nothing short of horrific.

Tahlia Ward was travelling behind the vehicle when she noticed the American woman and another friend get out of the vehicle on the side of Marius St.

“She walked around to the back of the ute to open the lid of the canopy and obviously the driver hadn’t realised and thought they were clear of the car,” she told The Leader.

“I think where she was standing, it would be impossible for the driver to see her there.”

As the accident unfolded, Ms Ward scrambled out of the car to help, while her partner ran to get police and ambulance.

“She wasn’t conscious to start with,” she said.

“She was lying on her back ... so I rolled her over into the recovery position. I was holding her head. The driver realised something had happened – he stopped and ran out and he sort of went into shock from there.”

Oxley crime manager Inspector Phil O’Reilly said police had spoken to a number of witnesses at the scene.

“It was alleged she was retrieving items from the rear of the vehicle when the vehicle moved. The woman was struck by the trailer as it moved forward. We’re continuing to investigate the circumstances of the accident and mandatory testing of the driver took place as part of the investigation,” he said.

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