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A four-year-old girl will be recognised for her bravery after she called triple zero when her mother was involved in a serious crash on the family's property near Taree on Tuesday afternoon.
The girl's mother, 35, was riding a rugged terrain vehicle (RTV) along a driveway on the property at Bundook about 1.30pm, police say.
As her daughter watched on from the family's house about 700 metres away, the woman accidentally drove down a steep slope.
She lost control of the RTV, which is fitted with a cage, and rolled multiple times before the vehicle finally stopped on its side about 100 metres from the road.
The woman's leg was pinned to the ground, and she had suffered injuries including a fracture and "several serious lacerations".
Police say the young girl ran from the house to help her mother, tripping over on the way.
The four-year-old climbed down the embankment her mother had rolled down, tended to her, then climbed back to the road and ran back to her house.
She called triple zero and was able to tell emergency services her mother needed help, in actions police have branded "heroic".
When officers arrived, they initially believed the girl had also been in the overturned RTV when it rolled.
However, they now believe grazes on her face are from when she fell while running to her mother.
Paramedics and rescue crews worked to stabilise and release the woman for several hours, before she was taken to John Hunter Hospital in Newcastle by helicopter.
She was in a serious but stable condition on Tuesday evening.
In a statement, NSW police said the girl was being cared for by family members until her father arrived back from interstate.
Local officers will recognise the girl's actions, which helped to save her mother's life.
"Police believe without the efforts of this young girl the circumstances may have been tragic," police said.
"Officers from Manning Great Lakes Local Area Command will formally acknowledge the child's quick thinking and life saving actions."