A three-year-old child has been airlifted to hospital with a suspected broken leg after being hit by a car.

The incident happened in Peterlee, County Durham on Monday (April 24) afternoon, shortly after 4pm.

Emergency crews including the air ambulance rushed to the scene at Grampian Drive where the three-year-old had been hit by a car on the junction with Malvern Close.

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Eyewitnesses reported the road being closed as emergency vehicles arrived at the scene and the air ambulance landed nearby.

The child was taken to James Cook University Hospital in Middlesbrough by the Great North Air Ambulance service with a suspected broken leg.

Durham Police said: “Shortly before 4.30pm yesterday, police were alerted by the ambulance service to a collision in which a child had been struck by a car at the junction of Grampian Drive and Malvern Close in Peterlee.

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“A three-year-old boy was taken by ambulance to James Cook University Hospital in Middlesbrough for treatment to his injuries, which included a suspected broken leg.”

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A North East Ambulance Service spokesperson added: “We received a call at 4.07pm yesterday evening (Monday 24 April) to reports of a person unwell following a road traffic incident on Grampian Drive, Peterlee.

"We dispatched one clinical team leader, one specialist paramedic, one ambulance crew, and requested the support of our colleagues at the Great North Air Ambulance Service (GNAAS).

“A young patient was then transported by air to The James Cook University Hospital for further treatment.”