The woman who died after being struck by a generator that fell off a truck in Etchingham yesterday (Monday, August 8) has been named.
Emma Beeney, 40, was walking with her husband Rob, 44, at around 7am when she was hit outside the church on High Street.
The Army warrant officer of Willow Close died at the scene and her husband, who is an Army chef, is in hospital in a stable condition having suffered serious injuries.
A 42-year-old man from Ashford, Kent, was arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving and is in custody.
Eyewitnesses said a man was seen jumping over the church wall to avoid the generator.
Chief Inspector Rosie Ross said: “This was a tragic incident and we are investigating the circumstances.
“We would like to hear from anyone who saw the lorry before the incident or what actually happened.”
An Army spokesman said: “We can confirm that a serving soldier has died following an accident while off-duty. Sussex Police are investigating.”
Emergency services were called to the scene near the level crossing just before 6.55am, after reports of two people being struck by a generator.
Commuters performed CPR and first aid on the injured pair before the paramedics and an air ambulance arrived.
The generator came loose from the rear of the Ford Transit Flat Bed lorry near the level crossing.
The level crossing was shut and the road was closed eastbound at Oxenbridge Lane but re-opened at 1.45pm.
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