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Mum and four children left seriously hurt after crash

By Helen William

Four children and a woman in her thirties believed to be their mother suffered life-threatening injuries in a road crash after a car hit them at high speed.

The victims included a boy aged around four who had to be resuscitated after he stopped breathing for a short time, a girl aged around seven who went into cardiac arrest, another girl of about 12 who needed emergency attention and a 14-year-old boy.

All of the children suffered serious head injuries, West Midlands Ambulance Service said.

The woman sustained serious head and pelvic injuries and was taken to Queen Elizabeth Hospital Major Trauma Unit in Birmingham for treatment.

The accident happened in the Handsworth area of the city around noon. A 35-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of dangerous driving.

One witness said: "It was horrific. The youngest children were flung about 20 or 30 metres down the road.

"The car must have been doing 100mph. I pray they pull through. Bodies were scattered everywhere. I was told they were going to Handsworth Park for a nice family afternoon, then this happens."

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