Two 11-year-old girls remain in a critical condition in hospital after being hit by a minibus on the A15 at Northorpe yesterday (Tuesday)
The Bourne Academy pupils were hit by a silver Renault Trafic minibus while they were crossing the Main Road at Northorpe, near Thurlby.
They were on their way home after school and were crossing the road into the village having just got off the school bus when the crash happened at about 3.50pm.
They were airlifted to Queen’s Medical Centre, in Nottingham, where their condition has been described today (Wednesday) as “critical but stable”.
In a statement the school said: “We are aware that two of our younger students have been involved in a road traffic accident.
“This happened on their way home from school yesterday on the A15 south of Bourne.
“This is a tragic event on what was our first day back after the Christmas break and our thoughts, concerns and prayers are with both families at this difficult time.”
Bethan Pettitt, of Main Road, Northorpe, said she came out of the house after seeing cars coming to a stop on the road.
She said: “My mum, Jan, was outside and heard the bang then someone shout ‘Oh my God’. She saw there had been an accident and came in and called the police.
“I saw people stopping their cars and running to the scene to try and help.
“Soon there were eight police cars, paramedics and ambulances on the scene. A police helicopter and an ambulance helicopter landed in the fields opposite our house. It was quite a shock.”
Frances Yarnell was on her way home to Woodside East, in Northorpe, after walking her dog on Cardyke Bank nearby when she noticed traffic slowing down and stopping on both carriageways.
She said: “As I came in to cross the Main Road we saw police cars and were told that two girls from the village had been hit by a car.
“Soon afterwards we heard the helicopters come in to land.
“It is such a busy road that getting across is quite difficult, especially for children and the elderly.”
Police said the girls had suffered serious head injuries and fractures in the crash. They were treated by paramedics on the scene before being taken to hospital by separate air ambulances.
The Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance and the Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire Air Ambulance.
The Warwickshire-based air ambulance took off from Coventry at 4pm and landed in Thurlby 20 minutes later. Its crew looked after both girls until the Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire Air Ambulance arrived.
A spokesman for the Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance said one of the girls suffered head and abdominal injuries. She was anaesthetised before being immobilised and flown to hospital.
The second girl was airlfited to hospital by the Lincolnshire air ambulance which has not released further details.
Police said the driver of the Renault was a 42-year-old man from Deeping St James, who was not injured.
Sgt Ewan Gell, senior investigating officer, is asking anyone who saw the accident or the minibus before the accident to call police on 101 or the collision witness hotline on 01522 558855, quoting incident number 223 of January 7.