A SCHOOLBOY somehow managed to escape serious injuries when he was knocked down by a car and then run over by a van.
The accident happened at around 5.30pm on Wednesday on Easington Road, in Hartlepool, near the junction with West View Road.
The nine-year-old boy was knocked over by a car before a van which was unable to avoid the youngster then drove over him.
Miraculously, the wheels of the Volkswagen van somehow avoided the stricken boy, and he escaped with a suspected broken leg and concussion.
Emergency services rushed to Easington Road, near to the Saxon pub, where the youngster was treated at the scene before being transferred to hospital.
Drivers were diverted back along Easington Road or the A179 as police closed the area where the accident happened for just over an hour.
Ambulance sources said the boy was in a stable condition, and was expected to be discharged from James Cook University Hospital, in Middlesbrough, before the weekend.
Police are now appealing for any witnesses to the incident to come forward as part of their investigation.
A Cleveland Police spokeswoman said: “We were called at 5.27pm on Wednesday to reports of a child who had been hit by a car.
“The victim, a nine-year-old boy, had been hit by the first vehicle, a Citroen Picasso, and then fell under the second, a Volkswagen Transporter.
“He suffered a possible broken leg and concussion but was in a stable condition in hospital on Thursday.”
A spokeswoman for the North East Ambulance Service added: “We were called to an incident of a young boy who had suffered a possible fracture when he was hit by a car.
“He was taken to James Cook University Hospital, in Middlesbrough, with non life-threatening injuries.”
The accident happened exactly a week after another town schoolboy, nine-year-old Jak Smithson, was involved in a similar incident when he was hit by a car on the junction of Ashgrove Place and Stockton Road.
The St Aidan’s Primary School pupil remains in a stable condition in James Cook University Hospital.
Anyone with information about either of the accidents should call Cleveland Police on the non-emergency 101 number.