Passersby rescue baby from underneath car in Nanaimo accident

Passersby in Nanaimo rescued a six-month-old baby who was struck by a car and became trapped underneath the vehicle.

A 20-year-old mother was crossing Terminal Avenue in downtown Nanaimo around 11:45 a.m. when a blue Jetta driven by a 21-year-old man failed to stop and hit the stroller.

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The baby was in a car seat perched on the stroller, and the car seat became stuck under the vehicle with the baby, said Nanaimo RCMP spokesman Const. Gary O’Brien.

The baby was screaming and the mother was calling for help to get the baby out from under the car.

Witnesses rushed over and about six people helped lift up the car and rescue the newborn, who had only minor scrapes and bruises, O’Brien said.

Mounties and B.C. Ambulance paramedics arrived and the baby was taken to hospital and will be kept overnight as a precaution. The mother had an abrasion to her lower leg, O’Brien said.

The family is from Port Alberni and will be staying at the hospital until the baby is released.

“The mother is extremely grateful, she wants to thank everyone involved,” O’Brien said.

He commended the people who lifted the car and said the Nanaimo RCMP will likely recognize them with a civilian bravery award.

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