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Mother makes bittersweet reunion with her son after the boy's hero grandmother was killed when she pushed the toddler's pram out of garbage truck's path

  • A grandmother, 58, was killed after she was hit by a garbage truck in Dee Why
  • She was walking her grandson in a pram and pushed him out of the way
  • The toddler was uninjured and tearfully reunited with is parents at the scene
  • Truck was reversing when it hit her, causing critical lower-body injuries
  • Driver charged with dangerous and negligent driving causing death

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The driver of a rubbish truck that killed a grandmother by reversing into her has been charged with dangerous driving.

The 58-year-old woman was walking with her grandson and saved his life by pushing his pram out of harms way before the truck hit her.

She suffered critical injuries to her lower body about 11.45am on Thursday and died at the scene near Moorilla Street in Dee Why, on Sydney’s northern beaches.

The driver of a rubbish truck that killed a grandmother by reversing into her has been charged with dangerous driving

The driver of a rubbish truck that killed a grandmother by reversing into her has been charged with dangerous driving

The 58-year-old woman was walking with her grandson and saved his life by pushing his pram out of harms way before the truck hit her

The 58-year-old woman was walking with her grandson and saved his life by pushing his pram out of harms way before the truck hit her

Witnesses said the United Resource Management truck was reversing into a cul-de-sac when it her her.

A rescue helicopter made an emergency landing as witnesses tried to keep the woman alive, but she could not be saved.

Police arrived to investigate and returned the 18-month-old boy to her mother in a tearful, bittersweet reunion filmed by news cameras.

The child’s parents were seen embracing and comforting each other as they looked over the scene and police carried the toddler to them.

The child's parents were seen embracing and comforting each other as they looked over the scene and police carried the toddler to them

The child’s parents were seen embracing and comforting each other as they looked over the scene and police carried the toddler to them

A woman (pictured) broke into tears after being reunited with her unharmed toddler while being told her mother was killed by a reversing truck on Thursday in Dee Why, in Sydney's north A woman broke into tears after being reunited with her unharmed toddler (pictured) while being told her mother was killed by a reversing truck on Thursday in Dee Why, in Sydney's north

A woman (left) broke into tears after being reunited with her unharmed toddler while being told her mother was killed by the reversing truck

The 27-year-old driver was overnight charged with dangerous and negligent driving causing death and will face Manly Local Court on March 7.

He was a ‘loving father himself’ who was ‘extremely distressed’ by the accident, his employer URM said.

NSW Police Inspector Ellen Kaserman said the truck driver was ‘traumatised’ and ‘very distressed’ by the accident.

Witnesses said the United Resource Management truck was reversing into a cul-de-sac when it her her

Witnesses said the United Resource Management truck was reversing into a cul-de-sac when it her her

A rescue helicopter made an emergency landing as witnesses tried to keep the woman alive, but she could not be saved

A rescue helicopter made an emergency landing as witnesses tried to keep the woman alive, but she could not be saved

He was taken to hospital for mandatory blood and urine tests, which returned negative results.

URM said the truck appeared to have all safety features working, and neither speed nor mechanical failures were factors in the incident.

The vehicle was doing a collection run on behalf of the local council and trucks were always inspected before every run.

URM said the truck appeared to have all safety features working, and neither speed nor mechanical failures were factors in the incident

URM said the truck appeared to have all safety features working, and neither speed nor mechanical failures were factors in the incident

A crime scene has been established and police are investigating the cause of the accident

A crime scene has been established and police are investigating the cause of the accident

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