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Rescuers battle to save woman, 82, crushed under van

PUBLISHED: 14:02 14 January 2009 | UPDATED: 13:57 05 October 2010

RESCUE teams are pictured last night in East London battling to save the life of a pensioner who was crushed in a freak road accident. Fire crews use air bags to hoist up a van to reach the trapped 70-year-old woman after Tuesday evening’s accident in Jamaica Street, Stepney

By Mike Brooke

RESCUE teams are pictured last night in East London battling to save the life of a pensioner who was crushed in a freak road accident.

Fire crews use air bags to hoist up a van to reach the trapped 82-year-old woman after Tuesday evening’s accident in Jamaica Street, Stepney.

An air ambulance team from the nearby Royal London Hospital in Whitechapel tries giving emergency medical help at the roadside.

But all efforts fail. The woman is declared dead at the scene.

Now police are trying to find out what happened to Eileen Bidecant, who died just yards from her home in Jamaica Street.

They are appealing for witnesses who may have seen what happened at 5.15pm on Tuesday.

Eileen was trapped when an RAC van was reversing out of a cul-de-sac, near the junction with Stepney Way, according to Scotland Yard.

She died from multiple injuries. An inquest opens at Poplar Coroner's court on Monday.

TWO IN FIVE MINUTES

It was one of two deaths from road accidents in East London within five minutes of each other.

The second was at 5.20pm when a cyclist was in collision with a council refuse lorry on the busy A13 Barking Road just five miles away in Plaistow.

The cyclist, a 45-year-old man, suffered a head injury and was taken by ambulance to Newham General Hospital, but died two-and-a-half hours later.

Meanwhile, police are appealing for witnesses in both accidents to contact them—anyone in Jamaica Street, Stepney, at 5.15 on January 13 who saw the accident with 82-year-old Eileen Bidecant, or anyone in Barking Road, Plaistow, at 5.20pm the same evening who saw the accident on the corner of Samson Street involving the cyclist.

The Collision Investigation Unit at Chadwell Heath is on 020-8597 4874.


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