AN INVESTIGATION has been launched after a schoolgirl crossing a main road was hit by a police car responding to a 999 call.
The accident happened on the A32 Gosport Road, Fareham, near the junction with Redlands Lane and the Esso garage just after 4pm yesterday.
The 12-year-old girl was crossing the road when she was struck by a police car that had its siren and blue lights on as it was responding to an incident.
Passer-by Jeanette Darby, from Gosport, saw the aftermath of the accident. The 52-year-old said: ‘I passed just after it had happened and there was a young girl sitting on the floor with people around her and three police cars.
‘There was another police car on the other side and a wagon in the layby.’
She said the girl was wearing a dark-coloured uniform and was near the pedestrian crossing.
She said that the girl was conscious and being comforted by a handful of people.
Mrs Darby said she also saw another police incident taking place further down the road, which she believes may be connected.
The incident caused long delays and people took to Facebook to share their condolences and warn of the traffic.
One user posted: ‘Thinking of everyone involved – traffic is backed up all along Tukes Avenue heading towards Wych Lane out onto A32.’
Another said: ‘Hope everyone involved is okay, such an awful thing to happen.’
Gail Thresher posted: ‘Hope she makes a speedy recovery, bless her.’
The police closed the road while they dealt with the scene.
A spokesman from Hampshire Constabulary said the car was making its way through traffic when the accident happened.
Paramedics were called and treated the girl at the scene before taking her to Queen Alexandra Hospital in Cosham.
South Central Ambulance Service said she had suffered a ‘non life-threatening’ head injury.
Officers from the Road Policing Unit are investigating.
A police spokesman said: ‘Police can confirm that at around 4.05pm on Monday a police car responding to an incident was in collision with a girl as she crossed Gosport Road, Fareham.
‘The car, which had its siren and blue lights on, was making its way through heavy traffic when it was in collision with the 12-year-old girl.
‘Officers are now investigating. They are appealing for any witnesses to call Sergeant Shaun Hopkins on 101.’