Northern Ireland

Belfast collision: Teenage girl now 'critically ill'

The scene of theon the Upper Newtownards Road
Image caption A man in his 30s was arrested in connection with the collision on the Upper Newtownards Road on Tuesday

A teenage schoolgirl who was hit by a car in east Belfast on Tuesday morning is now critically ill.

The sixth form student was struck by the car on the Upper Newtownards Road at about 08:40 GMT.

She was brought to hospital in a serious condition and underwent surgery on Tuesday evening.

A man in his 30s who was arrested in connection with the collision was later released on bail, pending further inquiries.

The girl is a sixth form pupil at Strathearn School in east Belfast.

The principal of Strathearn, David Manning, said: "The school is in regular contact with her family and are hoping for a fully and speedy recovery."

The collision happened on a stretch of the Upper Newtownards Road between its junctions with the Sandown Road and Knock Road.

A spokeswoman for TransportNI, formerly known as Roads Service, said: "TransportNI is aware of an incident that occurred yesterday morning (Tuesday 24 February) at Upper Newtownards Road in Belfast in which a teenage girl was injured.

"The incident occurred in the vicinity of ongoing roadworks, however, the contractor was not working onsite at the time nor were there any traffic restrictions in place.

"Local reports that a nearby pelican crossing was not operational are being investigated," the spokeswoman added.

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