Boy, 10, seriously hurt after he is hit by ambulance answering 999 call

Boy, 10, seriously hurt after he is hit by ambulance answering 999 call
Hit by South Western Ambulance Service vehicle on London Road, BathSuffered 'significant' head injuries and taken to Royal United HospitalAmbulance bosses on their way Bath and have offered to meet family

By
Steve Robson

PUBLISHED:

19:02 GMT, 7 March 2013

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UPDATED:

21:05 GMT, 7 March 2013

A boy has been seriously injured after being hit by an ambulance as it answered a 999 call.

The boy, believed to be 10, suffered 'significant' head injuries in the accident with a South Western Ambulance Service vehicle in Bath, Somerset, just after 4pm this afternoon.

A spokesman said the ambulance crew treated him at the scene and police allowed them to immediately leave the scene and take him to the city's Royal United Hospital.

Police officers assess damage to the front of the ambulance involved in the accident after it returned back to the scene

Police officers assess damage to the front of the ambulance involved in the accident after it returned back to the scene

The ambulance is loaded onto a recovery vehicle to be taken away for further analysis after the accident

The ambulance is loaded onto a recovery vehicle to be taken away for further analysis after the accident

The boy is believed to have been hit near this area of London Road in Bath this afternoon

The boy is believed to have been hit near this area of London Road in Bath this afternoon

The ambulance later returned to the scene where it was examined by police officers before being loaded onto a recovery vehicle and taken away for further analysis.

The accident happened at the junction of London Road and Snow Hill near the River Avon.

'Due to the serious condition of the patient, police gave permission for the ambulance to leave the scene to take him to hospital,' said the spokesman.

'Clearly our primary concern is for the patient and his family – senior executives from South Western Ambulance Service have travelled to Bath and will offer to meet with the family.

The boy was treated at the scene before being taken to Bath's Royal United Hospital by the same ambulance crew involved in the crash

The boy was treated at the scene before being taken to Bath's Royal United Hospital by the same ambulance crew involved in the crash

'We are also ensuring the crew involved are fully supported.

'We are also working closely with the police to ensure the circumstances surrounding this serious incident are fully investigated.'

Avon and Somerset Police said London road was closed in both directions while they investigated the crash and advised motorists to avoid the area.