A spokesman for the Wakefield Police Department said a preliminary investigation indicated that a truck carrying paving equipment made an illegal turn and struck a pole at a railway crossing, where a woman pushing a stroller was struck by the falling pole.
Reports said the woman was pushing two children in the stroller, and managed to get them out of harm's way. She sustained injuries that were non-life threatening, and all three were transported to a local hospital. The woman received staples in her head and her child underwent surgery for a skull fracture, the second child was uninjured.
"I saw the kids getting carried away by the fire department. One was in a more serious stretcher and the other was being carried by a firefighter,” Michael Masciari said.
The department reportedly received multiple 911 calls at about 8:51 a.m. Tuesday of the accident at North Avenue and Prospect Street.
The spokesman said the driver of the truck would likely be cited and criminal charges could follow.
Lt. Scott Reboulet of the Wakefield Police Department released information saying that the woman was in her early 40s with a 2-year-old girl and 5-year-old boy.
A family friend said the woman's father happened to be driving by at the time of the accident and didn't realize until later that his daughter and grandchild were involved.
The 2-year-old girl was a child the mother was babysitting.