A five-year-old girl has been seriously hurt after she was hit by a van in Walsall yards from her home.
Paramedics were called to the scene in Griffins Crescent in Rushall last night. It is believed the youngster was playing with friends in the street when she was struck.
She was taken to Birmingham Children’s Hospital where she was being treated for internal bleeding and other injuries, including a fractured arm, today.
Relatives rushed to the address to support the family following the accident just after 7.15pm.
Among them was her great uncle, 44-year-old Aasif Kavde. He said today: “I was told it was a van.
“I drove straight up last night from London. She’s only five years old, it’s really difficult. We haven’t really slept yet. It is going through your head all the time.
“She had internal bleeding last night. We are just waiting to see what the surgeons and doctors have got to say.”
The accident happened on a small housing estate, near to the junction with Cartbridge Lane South.
Part of the road was cordoned off while paramedics and police worked at the scene.
Neighbour Mike Williams, of Griffins Crescent, was inside his house at the time of the accident but heard the commotion in the street and went out to see what had happened.
The 34-year-old said a friend had witnessed what happened. “She didn’t scream, she was just breathless.
“She’d got grazing across her abdomen. I don’t think the van driver realised he had hit her.”
West Midlands Police were alerted to the incident by the ambulance service.
Force spokesman Billy Corrigan said investigations were ongoing.
“An inquiry has been started and we are awaiting a full condition check on the victim,” he said.