Mother dies protecting children from runaway van

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Mother dies protecting children from runaway van

A mother has been killed by a runaway van after jumping into its path to protect her three children.

Shabana Ahmed bore the brunt of the collision, which occurred outside the Madina Academy in Dewsbury, West Yorkshire on Friday. She was pronounced dead at the scene.

The oldest of the three children, 10-year old Kiran, suffered serious injuries in the accident. Her sister Mariam, five, was also hurt, while eight-year old Maria escaped unharmed.

The tragedy is believed to have been caused by a faulty handbrake on a Ford Transit Connect van, which had been parked on the steep road facing uphill.

It caused the van to roll backwards for 30 yards down the hill, before hitting Mrs Ahmed outside a chip shop at the bottom.

The 46-year old mother, who lived a short distance away from the scene, is reported to have only seen the van at the last second and instantly reacted to save her children.

Despite the efforts of passers by, including an off-duty nurse, paramedics were unable to save Mrs Ahmed, who had suffered significant internal injuries.

One witness, speaking to the Daily Mail, said that two builders had to pull the van away from Mrs Ahmed: "I don't know where they got the strength from. The little girl who wasn't injured clung onto one of the builders for two hours. It was awful."

Mrs Ahmed's neighbour, Chris Cain, paid tribute to her: "They were always such a happy family and Shabana was a really generous person.

"She was really popular around here and I really feel for her husband. I have told him whatever he needs there are people round here to help. It's such a tragedy."