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Mom pushes kids out of pickup's path

For the second time in less than 24 hours, there was an auto-pedestrian accident in Salt Lake County Tuesday morning involving children.

But this time the children were able to escape serious injury thanks to the efforts of their mother.

Just after 8 a.m., a mother was walking her 12-year-old daughter to school. She also had her other two children, ages 1 and 2, in a stroller.

As the family crossed the street near 3525 South and 4620 West, not in a crosswalk, the mother noticed an eastbound pickup truck heading for them and not slowing down.

"She saw they were probably going to get hit," said West Valley Police Capt. Tom McLachlan.

The mother pushed her 12-year-old daughter and the stroller out of the way just as she was struck. The mom was dragged under the pickup for a short distance. She suffered a possible broken leg in addition to cuts, bruises and road rash, McLachlan said. But her children only suffered a few scrapes and were taken to the hospital in good condition as a precaution.

Although the family should have been crossing at an intersection or crosswalk, McLachlan said the incident could have been extremely tragic if the mother had not stayed alert. She did not assume that the other cars on the road would see her, McLachlan said.

"She did a great job protecting her children from injury," he said.

The driver of the pickup told police that he could not see the family because of the glare of the sun. McLachlan said it's a problem that many eastbound drivers face this time of year during the morning commute.

"Drivers should slow down and take whatever measures they can to make sure nothing is in their paths," he said.

Police were still considering Tuesday whether the driver would be cited.

The accident came on the heels of another in Salt Lake City Monday afternoon.

A 7-year-old girl was crossing the street at 1300 East and Yale Avenue (1080 South) with friends, in a crosswalk, when she was struck by a car. The girl was tossed 50 feet. She was taken to a local hospital in critical condition. The driver was cited for failing to stop at a crosswalk.