A MUM has launched a campaign for improved safety on a busy road after her daughter was sucked into the path of traffic by lorry “turbulence”.

Distraught Judy Barton, 43, wants council bosses to install more metal railings along Eastern Avenue, Southend, after her four-year-old daughter Teyla ended up in the road.

The drama unfolded as they were going to Temple Sutton primary school yesterday morning and a lorry thundered past.

The draught from the lorry pulled the youngster off her scooter and into the road.

Judy rushed to pluck her girl to safety, but has been left traumatised by what may have been.

Mum-of-six Judy, of Norwich Avenue, Southend, said: “When I saw it happening I thought she could have been killed.

“If there were safety railings there then she would have fallen on to them and stayed on the pavement.

“I am really worried about the safety of all children who walk to and from school.

“I think the council should extend the railings outside the school further along the pavement.“ Judy, who is being supported by Independent councillor Paul Van Looy, will be canvassing parents and residents in the next few weeks. She hopes to get 1,500 signatures together and force the council to debate the issue.

She added: “I have seen cars speeding along the road ignoring the 40mph speed limit. There are so many young children walking or cycling along that road to school and I think it is the council’s responsibility to make it safe for them. The council needs to take the safety of our children seriously.”

Tony Cox, Tory councillor responsible for public protection, said: “We always take the issue of children’s safety very seriously, especially around schools. I welcome the petition and will look at it in due course.”