Police are appealing for witnesses to an incident at about 8.30 am on Monday, February 15 which resulted in a mother and her five-month- old baby being knocked to the floor.
The 37-year-old local woman was walking along London Road towards Purfleet pushing her daughter in a buggy when she was struck from the rear by part of a load that was shed by a passing goods vehicle. The load contained several rolls of flexible black plastic piping.
Mum and baby were taken to Basildon Hospital where they were treated and released. The mother sustained bruising and the baby is believed to be fine, but is undergoing further tests.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Pc 1409 Warren Byatt at Laindon Road Policing unit on 0300 333 4444.
The lorry and driver have been identified having returned to the scene.