12 year old injured in collision with transit van in Staines
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We are appealing for witnesses after a 12 year old cyclist was seriously injured in a collision with a white transit delivery van earlier today.
The collision happened at around 13.50 this afternoon, in Leacroft, Staines (close to the underpass to Shortwood Common under the A308 Staines Bypass). Surrey Police and South East Coast Ambulance Service attended and the boy was taken to hospital in London by air ambulance. He is currently in a serious condition in hospital, though his injuries are not thought to be life threatening. The driver of the van is assisting police with their enquiries, but has not been arrested at this time.
Nearby roads were closed for a short while to allow the emergency services to carry out their work and the helicopter to land and takeoff. The scene in Leacroft itself will remain closed until around 6pm while it is forensically examined.
We would like to speak to anyone who was in the area in the minutes before the collision, or may have seen the collision itself, in order to understand the manner of driving of the bicycle and the van. In particular we are keen to speak to anyone who may have been walking on Shortwood Common (through the underpass), or may have been driving in Leacroft or the surrounding roads between 13:40 and 14:00.
Anyone who believes that they may have information that could assist the enquiry is asked to contact Surrey Police via the online chat function on www.surrey.police.uk, quoting reference PR/P21117385. Alternatively you can send a private message through social media, or dial 101.