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Utah mother recounts accident that nearly took her and her daughter’s life

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Posted at 5:41 PM, Dec 01, 2015
and last updated 2015-12-01 19:41:14-05

MILLCREEK, Utah – A Utah woman saved her daughter from being hit by a car, and took most of the impact herself.

Hazel Lyons was walking her 6 year old daughter Katherine to school Monday morning when they got to a crosswalk near 900 E. 3300 S. The light turned green and the road was clear so they began walking.

“We walked off the curb, took two steps and I turned to my left and the truck was literally by my face,” said Lyons.

With a truck closing in on them, her maternal instinct kicked in.

“I turned back and I just pushed her. And that`s when I got hit by a truck,” said Lyons.

Katherine broke her leg and will have to wear a cast for about a week. Mom took the brunt of the impact.

“I have scratches over here, on my knees, and my hip, my whole right side is bruised up.”

Lyons said a nearby crossing guard tried to help.

“He was actually in his van across the street getting ready to come out but before he could get out, I was already on the ground.”

Fortunately, some motorists stopped to offer help before police arrived on scene.

“She was holding my hand and there was another lady holding katherine`s hand because she was freaking out,” said Lyons.

The mother doesn’t consider herself a hero.

“I`m lucky because I didn`t break any bones or anything and my daughter is still alive.”

She says she’ll never hesitate to keep her only daughter out of harms way.

“Before I had her, I had complications, so she is my everything.”