Manchester

Two-year-old boy struck by lorry in Oldham

The pushchair trapped under the lorry
Image caption The wheels of the pushchair became trapped under the lorry

A toddler is in a critical condition after his pushchair was struck by a rubbish lorry in Greater Manchester.

The two-year-old boy was hit in Huddersfield Road, Oldham, shortly after 1300 BST.

He was taken to Royal Oldham Hospital but transferred to Manchester Royal Infirmary where he is being treated for serious head injuries.

It is understood the child was being pushed by his mother at the time of the accident.

She was said to be uninjured, as was the lorry driver.

No-one else was thought to be involved.

'Shocked and saddened'

Huddersfield Road has been closed at Miles Street while investigations are carried out. Greater Manchester Police are appealing for witnesses to come forward.

Councillor Mark Alcock, from Oldham Council, said: "I am shocked and saddened to learn of this incident.

"Our immediate thoughts and concerns lie with the young boy and extend to his family and friends at this deeply worrying time. We are all hoping to hear positive news of his condition.

"Details are sketchy but it is believed that this Viridor truck was on its way to the household waste recycling centre at Arkwright Street.

"I understand that the company themselves are launching an immediate investigation to determine exactly what happened."

A statement from waste management company Viridor said: "Our thoughts are with those involved and with their families.

"Viridor will of course conduct a full investigation and will cooperate fully with the relevant authorities."

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