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Eight girls hurt after 'car mounts kerb and hits pupils' outside Liverpool school

By Lauren Brown

Eight girls are recovering from injuries following an accident at a school in Liverpool.

Six of the casualties aged 11 to 13 suffered mainly broken bones in the incident near Belvedere Academy in the city.

A passer-by witnessed the collision involving a yellow Peugeot car at about 3.20pm yesterday, with reports that the vehicle mounted a kerb and hit a number of youngsters.

Pupils at the independent girls' secondary school for 11- to 19-year-olds had just finished for the half-term break when the incident happened as buses arrived to collect them.

An 80-year-old woman, who was driving the Peugeot, stopped at the scene and is helping police with their inquiries.

Merseyside Police said the woman was uninjured and had not been arrested.

Among the casualties were an 11-year-old girl with a broken ankle and cuts to the face, a 13-year-old girl with a fractured hip and another 13-year-old who suffered two broken arms, said police.

Earlier, in a statement on Belvedere Academy's website, principal Peter Kennedy said: "There was a serious accident outside the academy at approximately 3.20pm this afternoon.

"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 of the injured students have been taken to hospital."

Mayor of Liverpool Joe Anderson tweeted: "Let's hope and pray for the children hurt in the car accident outside Belvedere school. Our thoughts are with them and their families."

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