Lincolnshire

Two 11-year-old girls hit by minibus near Bourne

Scene of the accident at Thurlby
Image caption The driver of the minibus, a 42-year-old man from Deeping St James, has been interviewed by officers

Two 11-year-old girls who were seriously hurt when they were hit by a minibus in Lincolnshire have been described as critical but stable.

The crash happened on the A15 at Thurlby, near Bourne, at about 15.30 GMT on Tuesday.

Both girls, who were walking after getting off their school bus, were hit by a silver Renault Trafic minibus.

A force spokesman said the girls "sustained various fractures and head injuries".

The girls, who live locally and are pupils at the Bourne Academy, were taken by separate air ambulances to Queens Medical Centre at Nottingham.

The driver of the minibus, a 42-year-old man from Deeping St James, has been interviewed by officers.

A second crash happened earlier, close to the spot where the two girls were hit.

Four vehicles were involved but no-one was seriously hurt.

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