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Police appeal as boy, 8, fights for life after car accident in Hartlepool

The scene of a RTA at Irvine Road, Hartlepool

The scene of a RTA at Irvine Road, Hartlepool

POLICE are appealing for witnesses to a collision which left an eight-year-old schoolboy fighting for his life.

The incident happened in Irvine Road, Owton Manor, Hartlepool, and saw the boy airlifted to the James Cook University Hospital, in Middlesbrough, where he is described as being in a “critical but stable” condition.

Officers investigating the collision at 12.15pm yesterday, Sunday, October 6, urged anyone who saw what happened, who has not already spoken to police, to get in touch.

A spokeswoman for Cleveland Police said: “Anyone who has not spoken to police already and who saw what happened should get in touch with us.”

Ambulance, paramedics, police and fire brigade, rushed to the scene of the drama.

The air ambulance doctor anaesthetised the youngster before he was placed onto a stretcher and lifted into a road ambulance.

He was then driven from the scene of the incident to an open grassed area on Owton Manor Lane, opposite Manor College of Technology, where the air ambulance helicopter was waiting to fly him to the James Cook University Hospital in Middlesbrough.

Police officers closed off the road while the boy was treated as shocked neighbours looked on.

A spokesman for the air ambulance said: “The Great North Air Ambulance was called to assist paramedics with an eight-year-old child who had been knocked over.

“The child sustained serious head injuries. He was anaesthetised at the scene by the air ambulance doctor before being flown to the James Cook University Hospital which took just five minutes. His condition is critical.”

Police officers closed off the road while the boy was treated as shocked neighbours looked on.

A Cleveland Fire Brigade spokesman added: “We were called to stand by paramedics in case there needed any assistance.

“The road ambulance took the boy from Irvine Road to an open area in Owton Manor Lane and he was loaded onto the helicopter.”

 
 
 

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