Two air ambulances were needed to fly two schoolgirls to hospital after they were hit by a minibus in Thurlby yesterday (Tuesday).
The 11-year-old Bourne Academy pupils suffered serious head injuries and fractures after they were hit by the silver Renault Trafic minibus at about 3.50pm on the A15 in Thurlby.
The girls were flown to the Queen’s Medical Centre in Nottingham by crews from 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 this morning (Wednesday) that the girls are in a serious but stable condition in hospital.
Shortly before the accident the girls had got off the school bus.
They are both pupils at Bourne Academy and 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. Our thoughts, concerns and prayers are with both families at this difficult time.”
Police said the driver of the Renault was a 42-year-old man from Deeping St James. He was not injured in the accident.
The A15 was closed between King Street, Baston, and the Elsea Park roundabout until about 10pm last night.
Sgt Ewan Gell, the senior investigating officer, is asking for anyone who saw the accident or the minibus before the accident to call 101 or the collision witness hotline on 01522 558855, quoting incident 223 of January 7.