A young girl has been airlifted to hospital after being involved in a collision with a vehicle near Northampton Racecourse.
Police said they were called to the scene, near Normanhurst Day Nursery in St George’s Avenue, at 8.25am after a call by a member of the public who witnessed the collision. Conflicting reports have said the girl is either eight or nine-years-old.
Paramedics from East Midlands Ambulance Service (EMAS) attended the scene and treated the girl for what are understood to be leg injuries, and an air ambulance helicopter airlifted her to Birmingham Children’s Hospital. Police said the girl was understood to be conscious and breathing.
Roads around the Racecourse have been particularly busy this morning because the park is being used for open air prayers marking the first day of the Muslim festival of Eid. The first prayers started at 8.30am.
Alaa Abouzanad, of the Association of Northamptonshire Supplementary Schools, who helped organise the prayer event, said: “She was crossing the road to come to the prayers when the accident happened.
“I think it is only a minor injury, thank God.
“In future events, we’ll reinforce road safety messages for pedestrians to try to make sure it doesn’t happen again.”