A SCHOOLGIRL is in hospital after being hit by a van.

Emergency services were called after a six-year-old was hit by a vehicle.

Police and the ambulance service attended the incident which happened outside of Golden Flatts Primary School in Hartlepool.

The girl was taken to hospital.

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She suffered a head injury, which is not believed to be life-threatening.

A North East Ambulance Service spokesperson said: "We received a call at 8:30am this morning to reports of a child involved in a road traffic incident outside of Golden Flatts Primary School on Seaton Lane, Hartlepool. We dispatched two ambulance crews, and took one patient to James Cook Hospital for further treatment." 

It was reported that the road - Seaton Lane - was closed for investigations, but has reopened.

A Cleveland Police spokesperson said: "Police received a call just after 8.30am today reporting a primary age child had been in collision with a white van on Seaton Lane. The six-year-old girl suffered a head injury and was tended to at the scene by paramedics before being taken to hospital where she remains. 

"Her injuries are not currently believed to be life threatening.

“A temporary road closure was put in place to allow initial collision investigation work to take place but it was reopened just after 10am. The vehicle was recovered and enquiries into the circumstances of the collision are on-going.”

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