An 11-year-old boy has been rushed to hospital after a crash on a busy main road in Gorton today. Emergency services, including an air ambulance, scrambled to the scene of the incident on Hyde Road at around 1.30pm.
Police were called to reports of the collision – where a young boy, aged 11, was found to have been hit by a car. He was rushed to hospital by paramedics and remains there with serious injuries.
The incident, outside Debdale Park, resulted in the road being cordoned off by officers between Reddish Bridge and Laburnum Road. Bus services were diverted, as well as traffic, which began to cause congestion on nearby side streets.
Police are now urgently appealing for information following the incident, after the driver failed to stop. Officers established the vehicle had collided with the young boy, who was taken to hospital by paramedics with severe injuries.
One woman, who lives in a block of flats on Hyde Road, said she heard a ‘loud bang’ that startled her. When she went outside, she said there was an air ambulance that had landed on the bowling green, beside the entrance to the park.
She said: “There are a lot of accidents here – without a shadow of a doubt it’s one dangerous road. Even parents don’t use the crossing and run in-between cars. They go so fast.”
Another male, who lives further down Hyde Road, said he knew something had happened when he saw the bus had been diverted away. He added: “I heard the air ambulance landing, and saw the Stagecoach bus was using Reddish Lane instead.
“My heart goes out to that young boy and the family. Something needs to be done about the way people drive on this road, it’s scary what can happen.”
A spokesperson for Greater Manchester Police said: “Investigators are appealing for information and dash cam footage following fail to stop collision in Manchester. At around 1.20pm on Sunday 26 June 2022, we received a report of a collision on Hyde Road in the Debdale Park area.
“Officers attended and established that a vehicle had collided with a pedestrian and failed to stop at the scene. The pedestrian, an 11-year-old boy, has been taken to hospital with serious injuries. Enquiries are ongoing.”
Anyone with information or dash cam footage should contact police via 0161 856 4741 quoting 1657 26/06/22. Information can also be shared anonymously via the independent charity – Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.