A woman has died after being crushed by a generator that fell off the back of a lorry.
The 40-year-old woman was pronounced dead at the scene after the metal generator detached from the moving vehicle early this morning in the quiet village of Etchingham, East Sussex.
Police confirmed a 42-year-old man from Ashford, Kent, has been arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving.
A Sussex Police spokesman said: ‘Emergency services were called to a report of a generator having fallen off a Ford transit flatbed lorry and hit two pedestrians in Etchingham High Street near the railway station level crossing just before 6.55am on Monday. A 40-year-old woman sadly died at the scene. A man aged 44 was also suffered serious injuries and was flown to the Royal Sussex County Hospital, Brighton. He is in a stable condition.
‘A 42-year-old man from Ashford Kent, was arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving and is in custody.’
Neighbours reported the pair were a couple out walking their dog, when they were suddenly struck by the generator falling off the back of a lorry.
One resident, added: ‘It was a husband and wife out walking their dog.’
Another eye witness expressed: ‘I came upon the incident minutes after it had happened and there were a lot of people milling around. The generator was lying on the pavement and it also had a large pneumatic breaker attached to it. The lorry was parked up past the level crossing. The injured man was on all fours and had a head wound. The lady was in bad shape – she was lying on her back and was having trouble breathing. It was horrible. Then the ambulance arrived and told everyone to move on.’
Paramedics scrambled to save the life of the woman, who is believed to have been walking along the pavement when she suffered major head injuries after being struck by the machine.
A 44-year-old man, who was also hit, was airlifted to hospital with serious injuries, and is said to be in a stable condition this afternoon.