Boy dies after being hit by minibus on way to school

A boy has died after being hit by a minibus on his way to school.

Police and paramedics were called to Northfleet, Kent, at around 08.25 this morning.

The child, who is of secondary school age and has not yet been named, was walking along Vale Road when he was hit by a white Mercedes Sprinter.

He was taken to hospital where he later died from his injuries, reports the Mirror.

His next of kin has been informed and a file is being prepared for the coroner.

In a letter to parents, headteacher of Northfleet Technology College, Jane Partridge, said: “I’m sorry to inform you that one of our community died this morning after being hit by a vehicle on his way to school.

“The incident is currently under investigation by the police so we are unable to comment further.

“A number of our students witnessed the incident, and the following events, and are understandably extremely distressed.

“The school will be providing support if it is required for these students.”

Vale Road was closed in both directions while the air ambulance attended.

A spokesperson for Kent Police said: “Officers are appealing for witnesses following a fatal collision involving a pedestrian in Northfleet.

“Kent Police was called at around 8.25am on Wednesday 2 February 2022, to a collision in Vale Road, involving a white Mercedes Sprinter minibus.

“It took place near the junction with Colyer Road and Park Avenue.

“Police and ambulance crews attended and a boy, of secondary school age, was taken to hospital, where he later died. The child’s next of kin have been made aware.”

Anyone who witnessed the crash, saw the child or vehicle in the moments leading up to it or has dashcam footage is asked to contact police quoting reference 02-0167.

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