Edinburgh, Fife & East Scotland

Warning after girl, 6, knocked down at Edinburgh school

Parents are being urged to take care when dropping off or collecting children from school after a six-year-old was knocked down in Edinburgh.

The incident happened outside Bonaly Primary School when the girl ran across the road and was hit at about 09:00.

The girl was taken to hospital with an injured foot.

Police Scotland said the motorist was unable to see the girl due to the height of a parked van she was behind.

Sgt Robert Mackenzie, of Police Scotland, said: "This was an upsetting incident which may have been avoided had parents observed parking restrictions and only allowed children to use identified safe crossing areas near the school.

"As the child ran out from behind a van, the passing motorist had no chance of seeing them due to the height of the van, and the result was a child being knocked down, but which could easily have been much more serious."

He added: "I would urge all parents transporting children to every school in the city to exercise the utmost caution and to follow parking regulations. They are there for a reason, and that is to make the areas around schools as safe as possible."

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