DINNER LADY HURT IN TRAILER HORROR; Gran left critically injured in accident outside school.(News)
Byline: By JAMES McCARTHY & SAM WEBB firstname.lastname@example.org
A COVENTRY grandmother is critically ill after being crushed by a trailer in a freak road accident.
Sylvia Norburn, aged 61, was walking to her job as a dinner lady when a four-wheel flatbed trailer broke loose from a passing van and crashed into her.
Mrs Norburn, of Monkswood Crescent, Wood End was pinned to the fence of Moat House Primary School, in Deedmore Road, Wood End, where she worked.
The accident happened at 12.20pm yesterday.
Mrs Norburn was taken to Walsgrave Hospital with a fractured skull and multiple broken bones. Last night she underwent a three-hour operation to stop internal bleeding and is still critically ill.
Colin Norburn, aged 63, her husband of 40 years, said: "I don't know what's going through my head, I just hope to God she pulls through it.
"I found out from my youngest daughter about 20 minutes after it happened. I only knew she was in an accident - I didn't know how bad it was."
Mr and Mrs Norburn's three daughters and four grandchildren gathered at her bedside last night.
Former colleague Simon Hancocks, aged 22, of Stratford Street, Stoke, was one of the first on the scene of the crash.
He said: "I was coming along the road on my bike when I heard all this screaming. I knew it was bad.
"I called an ambulance and ran down to the health centre to try and get a nurse or doctor. The air ambulance came out and the police shut off the road."
Moat House school's deputy head, Chris Davies, said everyone at the school was thinking of the popular dinner lady. Staff and pupils were shocked at the accident.
West Midlands Police are still investigating why the trailer broke loose and are appealing for anyone with information about the incident to call them on 0845 113 5000.
CRUSHED: Deedmore Road was closed after the accident which left Mrs Norburn (inset) seriously hurt