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Eight girls were struck down by a yellow Peugeot in Liverpool today PA:Press Association

Eight schoolgirls injured after car smashes into them outside school

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EIGHT schoolgirls were injured after a car driven by an 80-year-old woman smashed into them outside school gates, The Sun reports.  One girl suffered two broken arms and some of them have serious injuries. The girls aged between 11-16 were hit after the pensioner ploughed their car into them in the horror smash in Liverpool this afternoon.

 A 16-year-old girl was taken to the Royal Liverpool Hospital, while five 11-year-olds and two 13-year-olds were taken to Alder Hey Hospital.One of the 11-year-olds has a broken ankle and cuts to the face, a 13-year-old girl has a fractured hip, and the other 13-year-old has two broken hips, police said.

It is thought the girls were boarding a bus when the car mounted the kerb. Dave Kavanagh, assistant principal of the Belvedere Academy, said: “There has been a road traffic incident outside the school at about 3.30pm. Police are dealing with the incident. ”The parents of the pupils affected have been informed and parents are coming to pick the girls up because the roads are closed so our bus service isn’t running.

“We hope they are going to be OK and that they make a speedy recovery. We are all very concerned.” A police spokesman added: “Merseyside Police can confirm that emergency services are at the scene of a road traffic collision on Belvidere Road near Princes Park in south Liverpool.

“The collision was reported to the police at 3.20pm by a passer-by who witnessed a collision involving a yellow Peugeot and a number of pedestrians. “Police officers, firefighters and paramedics are currently at the scene treating the five casualties who are all female children aged between 11 and 13 years. “A number of them have injuries which are described as serious. Others have minor injuries. Their parents have been informed.

“The driver of the Peugeot – a woman aged in her 80s – is also being treated at the scene. “Police have closed the following roads and would advise motorists to avoid the area where possible as the roads will remain closed until investigation work can be carried out: Belvidere Road, Junction of Devonshire Road and Admiral Street, Junction of Princess Gate and South Street.

“Parents are advised to visit Belvedere Academy website for information about collecting their children from school.” Liverpool mayor Joe Anderson tweeted: “Let’s hope and pray for the five children hurt in the car accident outside Belvedere school. Our thoughts are with them and their families.”

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