Girl, 12, seriously injured in collision with police car on emergency call
A 12-year-old girl has been seriously injured in a collision with a police car responding to an emergency call.
The girl suffered serious head injuries following the accident in Camborne, Cornwall, on Wednesday morning.
Devon and Cornwall Police said the Ford Focus was responding to a violent incident in the town with its blue lights on when the 12-year-old pedestrian was struck.
The girl was taken by ambulance to the Royal Cornwall Hospital in Truro before being transferred to Bristol Children's Hospital by air ambulance.
The force said the Independent Police Complaints Commission had been informed of the incident.
Superintendent Ian Drummond-Smith said: "This is a very sad and terrible incident for everyone involved and a police officer's worst nightmare.
"All our thoughts are with the child and her family at this extremely difficult time."
Mr Drummond-Smith added: "We do not yet fully understand the circumstances of this incident.
"We are carrying out all necessary actions as part of a very thorough investigation and we must remain patient while the IPCC carry out its inquiries."
A full investigation is under way and traffic officers and forensic experts are at the scene including senior officers from a neighbouring force.
Police are appealing for witnesses.