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Boy, 7, seriously injured in crash as bystanders lift car to rescue him

By Dayna Farrington | Birmingham | News | Published:

A seven-year-old boy has been left seriously injured after he was hit by a car

Emergency services at the scene of the incident. Photo: SnapperSK

The boy became trapped under the vehicle – and police believe members of the public helped lift it to free him.

The collision, which saw the boy hit by a Mini, happened just before 7pm on Wednesday in Debenham Road, near Laxton Grove, in the Yardley area of Birmingham.

He suffered a serious head injury and today remains in hospital in a critical condition.

Emergency services at the scene of the incident. Photo: SnapperSK

The 63-year-old driver of the blue Mini Cooper remained at the scene and is helping police with their enquiries.

Detective Sergeant Paul Hughes, from the Serious Collision Investigation Unit, said: “A young boy has been critically injured and his family are clearly devastated. We have specialist officers supporting them at this difficult time.

“We are urgently appealing for anyone with information who hasn’t already spoken to us to make contact. We are particularly keen to hear from anybody who witnessed the collision or may have CCTV or dash-cam footage.

Emergency services at the scene of the incident. Photo: SnapperSK

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“I would also ask that people do not speculate on the circumstances of the collision. It does not help the family or ourselves as we work to establish the facts.”

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “Ambulance crews arrived to find a boy who was seriously injured following a collision with a car. Staff worked quickly with help from bystanders at the scene to lift the car up to release the boy, who was trapped underneath, before carrying him to the awaiting ambulance.

“Once freed, the ambulance team administered trauma care but due to the boys’ critical condition, they quickly left the scene on blue lights to hospital and arranged for MERIT to intercept them en route. The trauma doctor met the ambulance crew on the Small Heath Highway.

Emergency services at the scene of the incident. Photo: SnapperSK

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“The doctor administered advanced trauma care to the boy before the blue light journey continued to Birmingham Children’s Hospital with the doctor on board. The boy’s condition was described as critical on arrival at hospital.”

Anyone with information about the collision is urged to call West Midlands Police on 101, or email fl_collision_invest@west-midlands.pnn.police.uk, quoting log number 3897 of July 29.

Alternatively, contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111 or at crimestoppers-uk.org

Dayna Farrington

By Dayna Farrington
Senior reporter based at Wolverhampton

Reporter for the Express & Star based at Wolverhampton.

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