Lollipop lady fights for life

Police at the scene of accident involving a school crossing patrol on Beach Road.
Police at the scene of accident involving a school crossing patrol on Beach Road.

A LOLLIPOP lady was today fighting for her life after being hit by a car on a busy South Tyneside crossing.

The 58-year-old, named locally as Eleanor Harman, was in a “critical condition” in the intensive care unit of Newcastle’s Royal Victoria Infirmary.

She suffered serious head injuries when she was struck by a Peugeot 307 while on patrol in Beach Road, South Shields.

The driver, a 68-year-old woman, and her three child passengers were not hurt in the accident, which happened at around 3.50pm yesterday.

It is believed the lollipop lady lives on Beach Road and was providing a tea-time crossing patrol for pupils at the nearby Marine Park Primary School in Hatfield Square, although no children were on the road with her at the time.

Relatives of the woman were too upset to talk this morning.

The accident saw the busy road closed for two hours and traffic diversions put in place.

One woman living nearby told the Gazette: “I heard a loud thud and went to the window to see what happened.

“The lollipop lady was lying on the floor with a crowd of people around her.

“She was working at the time and had children with her. It was all a blur after that.

“I went out to see the kids. I brought them into the house so they were away from it all.

“The lady lives across the road, so my husband went over to tell her husband what had happened.

“I only know her to say hello to, but this is awful. I just hope she is ok.”

A spokeswoman for Marine Park Primary School said: “Some of our children do cross the road with the help of the lollipop lady. We hope she is okay.

“We’d like to send our best wishes and hope she has a speedy recovery.”

A council spokesman said: “Our thoughts are with this lady and her family at this difficult time.”

Pc Reg Atkinson, of South Tyneside area command’s motor patrols section, said: “The woman has suffered serious head injuries and is being treated in the intensive care unit of Newcastle’s Royal Victoria Infirmary.

“We would appeal to anyone who witnessed the incident to contact police.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact Pc Sean Garwood or Pc Dave Martin on 03456 043 043 ext 65946.

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