Wiltshire

Boy, 6, killed by bus outside Wiltshire school

The bus
Image caption The bus is believed to have just dropped children off at the school

A six-year-old boy has died when he was hit by a bus outside a Wiltshire primary school.

Emergency services were called at about 0900 GMT to reports that the boy and a woman had been hit by the vehicle outside Woodborough School near Pewsey.

The woman - the boy's mother - was trapped under the bus and taken to hospital with multiple injuries.

A man was arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving and later released on bail.

The 52-year-old was questioned by detectives in Salisbury.

A spokesman from Great Western Ambulance Service said the child, who was a pupil at the school, suffered a serious head injury and had gone into cardiac arrest at the scene.

The mother and son were airlifted to Great Western Hospital in Swindon, where the boy died.

'Deeply affected'

His mother has now been flown to Frenchay Hospital, near Bristol, with multiple injuries that are not believed to be life threatening, the ambulance spokesman said.

Their close family members have been informed.

A Wiltshire Police spokesman said the bus was empty of pupils at the time.

It is believed it had just dropped children off at the school, he said.

Woodborough Primary School said in a statement: "We are all deeply affected by the death, but we are trying, for the children's sake, to keep the school as normal as possible over the coming days, while allowing the children opportunities to talk about this tragedy if they want.

"Trained staff from the critical incident team are helping to support us through this difficult time."

"Our thoughts and prayers are with the family at this difficult time and the whole community sends them our sincerest sympathy and support."

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