A two-year-old boy was hit by a van after running into the road outside his nursery.
Lewis Murgatroyd had been picked up from Highfield Nursery, South Shore, by his granddad at around 1pm yesterday.
It is believed he broke free from his granddad’s grasp and ran into Highfield Road.
He was struck by the van and knocked unconscious.
The Gazette understands he came around at the scene, before he was taken to Blackpool Victoria Hospital, where he is being supported by his parents.
He is said to be suffering a concussion, but has no broken bones.
Sarah Sloan, director of Highfield Nursery on Highfield Road, said: “His granddad feels awful - he is absolutely distraught.
“We have had lots of calls from parents worried one of the children managed to get out of the nursery. We want to make it clear that is not what happened.
“All the nursery staff are in shock. Nothing like this has happened before. We hope he makes a full recovery.”
Mrs Sloan said letters had been sent to all parents explaining how the incident happened.
She said: “We would stress the importance of holding children’s hands when they are leaving nursery and getting into cars.
“This road is busy, but it’s never been a worry for us.”
A police spokesman said: Lewis is recovering well in hospital.
He said: “We closed the road for two hours while we carried out our investigations. The driver of the Peugeot van was unhurt in the collision.”