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Joseph Lungu in hospital after freak accident when mother's car rolls over his leg in Wordsworth Close, Chatham

By Lynn Cox

A father has told of the shocking moment a boy's mother realised he was injured in a freak accident.

Samuel Lungu's son Joseph, four, was miraculously saved by his mother as she realised she couldn't stop the car after parking it on their driveway in Wordsworth Close, Walderslade, yesterday after as shopping trip.

Her three children had been getting out of the car when the youngest one, who is just two-and-a-half, managed to somehow release the handbrake.

Watch Samuel Lungu describe the terrible accident which injured his son Joseph

As she realised the horror of the situation, because Joseph had got out of the car and was sitting behind it, she managed to grab him and yank him out of the way.

However, one of the wheels ran over his right leg.

Miraculously, Joseph has only suffered a two broken bones in his leg and some grazes and is now in hospital recovering.

Joseph Lungu, four, has a broken leg
Joseph Lungu, four, has a broken leg

Mr Lungu, 41, said: "Joseph and is four and turns five in August and is very playful, not sporty, but he likes climbing things, he's a mountain climber, that's what we say in the family.

"I was at work and they had gone out shopping for what was meant to be a late lunch and to run some errands.

"When they came back from shopping she parked in the drive and run to the door to open the door so they would just come in as normally they will race to the door.

"But when she came back to the car to open their doors as their back doors have a child lock on them, as she was opening he car door she saw Joseph had got into the front and had got out of the car and had sat down behind the car.

The police closed the road after the car ploughed into the garden of a home in Wordsworth Close, Lordswood (3025357)
The police closed the road after the car ploughed into the garden of a home in Wordsworth Close, Lordswood (3025357)

"The younger one had somehow unclipped himself, he doesn't normally do it but had unclipped himself and jumped into the driver's seat and was playing around and somehow managed to release the brake, the hand brake, and then the car started rolling.

"When my wife saw that she screamed to Joseph to get out of the way as he was right in the path of the wheel and he looked around and said 'what are you saying mummy' and that saved him because as the car was rolling down, she tried to stop it but she couldn't, so went over and grabbed him and yanked him just in time.

"But obviously not in time enough time as the car rolled over his right leg and continued to roll down the path and road and rolled into one of our neighbour's fence."

The car ending up ploughing thought a neighbour's fence, picture Logan Enfield
The car ending up ploughing thought a neighbour's fence, picture Logan Enfield

The couple's eldest son, who is seven, was still in the car as it ploughed into the fence, and although shaken up by his ordeal, is uninjured.

The emergency services were called to the scene including the Kent Air Ambulance and Joseph was airlifted to hospital.

Mr Lungu added: "He was in bad shape at the time but, but he is better now and he has been to theatre and they have now put him in plaster, so its good.

"His shin bone is broken diagonally, two bones are broken, but there hasn't been any other damage, just skin grazing."

Crash investigators at the scene, picture Logan Enfield
Crash investigators at the scene, picture Logan Enfield

Mr Lungu was not at home when the drama unfolded.

He added: "I was in shock I had to keep my cool as I knew what state my wife would be in just seeing that horrific scene, so I tried to be as cool as possible as I drove down the motorway and came to the house to see what was happening.

"The youngest one is two-and-a-half and the older one is seven and he's been been affected emotionally.

"When I came back from work I asked him how he was feeling and he said he was in the car and felt like he was going to die.

The car ended up ploughing through a neighbour's fence, picture Logan Enfield
The car ended up ploughing through a neighbour's fence, picture Logan Enfield

"He keeps repeating it and that's heartbreaking he does not want to get back in the car.

"The community have been great, they heard my wife scream and came to help her and then they took the other two boys out, so they have been really helpful.

"I am very proud to have neighbours like it and we have been lucky really, the situation could have been a lot worse."

Anyone who saw the collision or the vehicle in the moments before the incident is asked to contact Kent Police’s Serious Collision appeals line on 01622 798538 quoting reference DS/MW/95/18

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