Good Samaritans lift car off boy, save his life

A group of onlookers have turned superheroes as they lifted a Mercedes weighing two tonnes off a seven-year-old boy in the UK.

The child had been struck by the luxury car in Leicester on Sunday (local time) - and now footage has emerged of the aftermath, showing 15 pedestrians rushing to his aid.

The video shows a number of those nearby picking up the vehicle and dragging it off the young boy - and a witness told The Sun he saw the awful moment the mother fell to the ground in shock upon seeing her son trapped.

"I could see the mum walking up to the traffic lights, clearly thinking that he would be there. She just turned around, saw her son under the car and collapsed, almost straight away," he explained.

"I can't imagine what she must have gone through in that moment."

While clearly a horrible moment for any mother, her mourning was short-lived as a burst of humanity saw people band together and come to the boy's rescue.

It's not known how the boy was hit, but the witness said he thought he saw the driver help lift his car to get the boy out - and police have confirmed no offences were committed.

"As far as I could see the driver was helping to lift up the car, but I'm not sure what happened to him afterwards," the witness said.

The boy was rushed to nearby Queen's Medical Centre in Nottingham where he remains in a critical but stable condition.