Children hurt in Alnwick smash

The air ambulance takes off.
The air ambulance takes off.

A YOUNG brother and sister have been taken to hospital after they were injured in a freak car crash in Alnwick.

The 12-year-old girl and her older sibling, said to be 14 or 15 years, were hurt after a Ford Cougar ploughed through the town’s Market Place and smashed into trade stands, at around 4.30pm today.

The Great North Air Ambulance lands in Alnwick bus station.

The Great North Air Ambulance lands in Alnwick bus station.

The child casualties, who are holidaymakers from the Buckinghamshire area, were taken to Wansbeck General Hospital by ambulance.

A spokesman for the Great North Air Ambulance (GNAA) – which attended the scene but did not have to airlift anyone to hospital – said that the girl sustained leg, ankle and neck injuries which were not life-threatening but it is likely that she will need x-rays.

Her brother suffered superficial cuts and bruises.

The spokesman said: “We thought there were six patients who needed treatment but having arrived on the scene, we assessed three. There was a 12-year-old girl who was singled out as being in need of treatment. We thought she was going to have to be airlifted to a hospital in Newcastle but it was thought better for her to receive treatment at a local hospital, which meant she could stay with her family.

The air ambulance takes off.

The air ambulance takes off.

“The lad, who is 14 or 15, sustained minor injuries and they were taken together, by road, to Wansbeck Hospital.

“No one needed to be airlifted.”

He said that the third person assessed by GNAA doctor Dave Bramley was a women in her 50s but could not confirm her injuries.

Doctor Bramley said: “The market stall had collapsed onto the car. There were a lot of emergency services milling around the area and it was fairly in control.”

But he added: “It could easily have been much more serious looking at the extent of the damage and the nature of the incident.”