Devon schoolgirl, 12, critical after crash

A 12-year-old girl is in a critical condition after being hit by a car as she walked home from school.

The girl had left Newton Abbot College when she was struck by a BMW on Highweek Street at about 15:30 GMT on Tuesday.

She was airlifted to Derriford Hospital in Plymouth with head injuries and was later transferred to Frenchay Hospital in Bristol.

Police said she was in a critical but stable condition.

The driver of the BMW was uninjured.

The road was closed for an hour while investigators were at the scene.

'Terrible accident'

A Devon and Cornwall Police spokesman said: "Officers are investigating the cause of the collision and have spoken to a number of witnesses already, but if anyone else witnessed this incident please get in touch."

Newton Abbot College headteacher Gareth Davies said it thoughts were with the injured girl and her family.

"We are all hoping and praying that she makes a full and speedy recovery," he said.

"We have no further information, other than that the police have informed us that this was an unfortunate, though terrible, accident.

"Students in her year group have been spoken to and offered support."

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