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Latest: Alder Hey Hospital activate major incident plan as school girls fight for life

Alder hey Hospital has activated major incident plan as two school girls fight for life and it is confirmed that eight people have been injured.

Mayor of Liverpool Joe Anderson told the Liverpool Echo:

“Our thoughts and prayers go not only to the children who have been hurt and seriously injured, but also to their families and the staff of the school.

“These children were going home to enjoy half term and now they are faced with this.

“As a father and grandfather, my thoughts and prayers are with the kids but, equally, with their families.”

– Mayor of Liverpool Joe Anderson to Liverpool Echo
Officers closed the roads at the scene Credit: ITV
Officers closed the roads at the scene Credit: ITV
Officers closed the roads at the scene Credit: ITV

Latest on Liverpool accident: Two girls "fighting for life"

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Latest on Liverpool accident:

  • The ambulance service have said eight people were treated as a result of the incident.
  • A spokesman told the Liverpool Echo that six were at Alder Hey and one, a 17-year-old, is at the Royal Liverpool Hospital and another was discharged at the scene by a paramedic.
  • Incident support unit, three fire brigades two ambulance,police and Matrix are at the scene which is taped off outside Belvedere Academy.
  • Witnesses said a car lost control, mounted a kerb and hit the youngsters.
  • Two schoolgirls are fighting for life after an "out-of-control car ploughed into them" outside a Toxteth school.
  • Three other girls were in a serious condition following the accident near to Belvedere school onDevonshire Road.
  • Elderly woman who was driving Peugeot car was treated at the scene.

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Serious road traffic accident in Liverpool's Belvidere Road

Serious road traffic accident in Liverpool's Belvidere Road Credit: Google Maps

Five girls aged between 11 and 13-years-old have been seriously injured at a road traffic accident in the Belvidere Road area of South Liverpool, police have confirmed.

An 80-year-old woman who was driving a Peugeot is being treated at the scene.

Serious road traffic accident in Liverpool's Belvidere Road Credit: Google Maps

The collision was reported to the police at 3.20pm by a passer-by who witnessed a collision involving a yellow Peugeot and a number of pedestrians.

A number of them have injuries which are described as serious. Others have minor injuries. Their parents have been informed.

Police have closed the following roads and would advise motorists to avoid the area where possible as the roads will remain closed until investigation work can be carried out.

  • Belvidere Road
  • Junction of Devonshire Road and Admiral Street
  • Junction of Princess Gate and South Street

Parents are advised to visit Belvedere Academy website for information about collecting their children from school.

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Louis van Gaal says no public backing from the club needed

Louis van Gaal insists he has no problem with Manchester United's failure to back him publicly.

Speculation has been swirling around Van Gaal ever since United slipped out of the top four and exited the Champions League.

Unlike when David Moyes was under pressure, United have failed to intimate that Van Gaal has their backing.

Some have taken that as a sign that Van Gaal has lost the faith of the board and that they are considering replacing him with Jose Mourinho.

But Van Gaal says he does not mind that the club have not made a statement backing him.

"I am not agreeing with that," the Dutchman said when asked if he was disappointed about any lack of public backing from the club.

"Because I have said many times that not all the media, but a lot of media, is inventing stories and you don't have to answer on invented stories.

"I agree with this policy of the club."

A winless run of eight matches towards the end of the year left Van Gaal's position under scrutiny.

United's form has improved since the start of the year, however. The Red Devils have lost just once in 2016 and sit fourth in the form table.

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