UPDATED: Girl, nine, seriously hurt in collision outside youth club

Lytham Road in South Shore (Pic: Google)
Lytham Road in South Shore (Pic: Google)
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A nine-year-old girl suffered a double left leg break in a collision with a car outside a South Shore youth club last night, police said.

The youngster was taken to Blackpool Victoria Hospital following the crash, which happened outside The Boathouse Youth in Lytham Road at around 6.20pm.

The road was closed for two hours while accident investigation work was carried out by police, while the force this morning appealed for witnesses to come forward.

A spokesman for the youth centre said the girl, who is a member, suffered 'significant injuries' but is now in a stable condition.

Writing on Facebook, he added: "We are very proud of our staff team who sprung into action immediately to administer first aid, contact the emergency services, call the girl's parents and manage passers-by, whilst continuing to run our evening provision and support the many traumatised young children who had witnessed the accident involving their friend.

"We would like to thank Blackpool Police and North West Ambulance Service for their fast response and assistance.

"We are aware that this is the second incident involving a child being struck by a car outside our youth club and have already made contact with Blackpool Council to report the matter.

"We are hopeful that road safety measures will now be installed to protect the hundreds of children using our provision each week.

"We would like to wish our young casualty the speediest of recoveries and advise all of our other children to take extra care around the streets."

The police spokeswoman was unable to immediately provide a description of the car involved, which was travelling towards the Promenade, but the force said in a subsequent appeal it was a Daewoo Matiz.

It was being driven by a 31-year-old Blackpool man who was unhurt and not arrested, it added.

In a statement, Sgt Finn Quainton, of Lancashire Police's Roads Policing Unit, said: "We want to establish the exact circumstances of the collision and are urging anyone with information to come forward.

"If you were in the area and saw the girl or vehicle before the collision, or witnessed the incident, please call police immediately."

Anybody with information can call police on 101, quoting log number 1060 of March 1.

The Gazette has asked Blackpool Council for a comment.

Nobody at the youth club was available this morning.