Eight girls hurt in car crash near Liverpool school

Belvidere Road Image copyright Bay TV
Image caption The collision happened near Belvedere Academy girls' secondary school

Eight girls aged between 11 and 16 have been injured in a collision with a car near a Liverpool school, police have said.

Six of the girls were "seriously" injured in the 15:20 GMT crash in Belvidere Road.

The driver of the Peugeot car, a woman in her 80s, was not injured and is helping police with their enquiries.

Seven of the girls, aged between 11 and 13, were taken to Alder Hey children's hospital by ambulance.

A 16-year-old with minor injuries was taken to The Royal Liverpool University Hospital.

'Broken bones'

Merseyside Police said the driver, who stopped at the scene, was not injured and had not been arrested. She is assisting police with inquiries.

Merseyside Police said none of the girls was thought to be in a life-threatening condition.

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Image caption Police said the collision involved a yellow Peugeot

Six of the girls have serious injuries consisting of broken bones and, in the case of one 11-year-old, a head injury.

One 13-year-old has a fractured hip and another has two broken arms.

Belvedere Academy, a nearby girls school, posted a statement on its website which said: "Unfortunately there was a serious accident outside the Academy.

"Six of our students sustained injuries, some quite serious but not life-threatening. The emergency services were on the scene very quickly and dealt efficiently with the situation."

All roads that were closed while police and emergency services investigated have been reopened.

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