An 11-year-old boy is in a critical condition after being struck by a police van travelling on blue lights. Officers say the vehicle was responding to an emergency at about 8.30pm yesterday (May 25).
The boy was reportedly crossing the road when he was hit by the vehicle. The incident is said to have happened in Owen Road, Lancaster, Lancashire.
The boy was subsequently taken to the Royal Lancaster Infirmary in a critical condition.
A Lancashire Constabulary spokesperson said: “Our thoughts are with the child’s loved ones at this time.
“An investigation is underway to establish the full circumstances that led to the collision. We have voluntarily referred this matter to the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC), as is standard with an incident of this nature.”
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The IOPC said in a statement: “We have declared an independent investigation into the actions of Lancashire Police prior to a road traffic collision in Owen Road, Lancaster at around 8.30pm tonight, in which a child has been injured.
“We understand that a marked police van, with its lights and sirens on, was in a collision with an 11-year-old boy.
“We were notified by the force shortly after the collision and declared an investigation at 10.37pm. IOPC investigators are heading to the scene and the police post incident procedure to begin gathering information.”
The IOPC said they are in the early stages of their investigation.