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Boy, 3, dies after collision with tipper vehicle

Published 21/08/2016

Police said the family has requested privacy
Police said the family has requested privacy

A three-year-old boy has died after a collision with a tipper vehicle.

The child was pronounced dead at the scene in Keats Road, Wolverhampton on Saturday afternoon.

West Midlands Police said they are investigating the exact circumstances of the incident, but confirmed a Transit Tipper was involved.

In a statement the force said: " Police were alerted by colleagues from the ambulance service to a collision between a Transit Tipper and a child just before 3:50pm on Keats Road, Wolverhampton yesterday afternoon.

"Sadly, a three-year-old boy was pronounced dead at the scene.

"Specialist officers from our family liaison unit are now supporting the family who have asked for privacy at this difficult time."

The driver of the vehicle was "very shaken", West Midlands Ambulance Service said.

A spokesman described the incident at around 3.40pm as "horrible", adding that the air ambulance was stood down shortly after the first emergency vehicle arrived on the scene because the little boy could not be saved.

In a statement he said: "When the first ambulance arrived, a few minutes later, they advised that sadly there was nothing that could be done to save the child and to stand the aircraft down. He was confirmed dead on scene.

"The lorry driver was assessed by ambulance staff at the scene but there were no injuries other than being very shaken.

"After such a tragic case, all of our crews who attended the scene were taken off duty so that a critical incident debrief could be carried out. Our thoughts are with all those who have been affected by this horrible incident."

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