Girl hit by truck is recovering

ASHLEIGH STEWART AND JOELLE DALLY
Last updated 12:10 08/07/2014

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A young girl hit and dragged under a truck in Ashburton is on the path to recovery. 

The 11-year-old girl had been with a friend crossing State Highway One near KFC, when she was hit by a large truck and trailer unit at about 4.45pm last Wednesday.

She walked out between some parked vehicles, got clipped by a fully laden truck and trailer unit and then dragged a "considerable distance", Senior Sergeant Scott Banfield said.

The girl was taken to Ashburton Hospital in a critical condition, and later transferred to Christchurch Hospital.

She was today recovering in a general ward in a "comfortable" condition, a hospital spokeswoman said. 

The truck belonged to ACL Contracting Limited.

"He [the driver] has had a hell of a fright. There's nothing nice about having a young child run over by your truck," Banfield said earlier.

ACL chief executive Gary Casey said the driver was "very shaken up", and was receiving support.

Police serious crash and heavy vehicle investigation units are investigating.

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