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Mother pushes children out of way of falling light pole

A mother who was pushing her two children in a stroller was taken to a hospital after being struck by a metal light pole that was knocked down by a truck Tuesday in Wakefield, police said.

The woman, who is in her 40s, had cuts and other injuries that were not considered life-threatening. Her children, a 5-year-old boy and a 2-year-old girl, were not injured, said Wakefield police.

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Police responded to reports of a pedestrian injured near the intersection of North Avenue and Prospect Street at 8:51 a.m. A preliminary investigation indicated that a paving truck made an illegal right turn onto Prospect Street, striking the metal pole and causing it to fall, police said.

The woman pushed her children out of the pole’s way.

The driver, who has not yet been identified, will probably face a driving citation and might face additional charges, police said.

MBTA service in the area was suspended briefly after the accident. Traffic was detoured, causing some delays.

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