Somerset

Boy struck by ambulance in Bath named as George Jenkins

  • 8 March 2013
  • From the section Somerset
Ambulance involved in Bath 999 accident
Image caption The ambulance was later returned to the scene of the accident in London Road

An 11-year-old boy who was hit by an ambulance responding to a 999 call in Bath has been named.

George Jenkins suffered "significant" head injuries in the accident on London Road at about 16:00 GMT on Thursday.

The paramedic crew treated him and were then given police permission to leave the scene to take the boy to the Royal United Hospital (RUH) in the ambulance.

He has since been transferred to Bristol's Frenchay Hospital where he is in a serious but stable condition.

George's family said in a statement, that they were "extremely grateful for the continuing care and support of the staff at the RUH and Frenchay hospitals."

'Investigation ongoing'

The ambulance and its crew later returned to the scene of the accident so that investigations could continue.

Insp Steven Mildren, from Avon and Somerset Police, said: "Any incident like this is subject to investigation.

"That investigation is ongoing and of course it is paramount that we have all the evidence in relation to that, so it's crucial that they came back."

A South Western Ambulance Service spokesman said it had launched its own investigation.

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