A HERO mum died after reportedly throwing herself in front of an out-of-control car to save her husband and son.

Anastasia Lyakhanova, 26, was walking her two-year-old son to nursery in the Nizhny Novgorod region of western Russia on Friday when the incident occurred.

Before the crash, the family were making their way along the side of a busy road in the snow, reportedly their only route to the school.

Pictures from the scene appear to show there was no sidewalk on the road.

As they were walking, a car reportedly lost control on a patch of ice while overtaking and skidded in the direction of the family.

Eyewitnesses said Anastasia saw the oncoming vehicle and dived in front of her two-year-old son and husband Dmitry to take the full force of the impact.

“She took the brunt of the blow and covered her husband and child with her body,” newspaper Komsomolskaya Pravda reported. 

Emergency services attended following the accident but Anastasia died at the scene.

Her husband and son were both reported as “safe” and not seriously injured.

Witnesses reported seeing the husband “crying over her body at the scene”.

Video footage showed emergency vehicles and personnel at the scene, while images showed what appeared to be a body at the side of the road.

A criminal probe into the incident is now underway.

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Police said the unnamed driver, a 67-year-old male from the nearby village of Bolshoye Kozino, is being investigated for negligence causing death. 

He faces a jail term of up to five years if charged and convicted.

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