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Girl's sledge trapped under moving car in Prescot

A boy pulling a girl on a sledge
Image caption Children are being urged to sledge in safe places away from busy roads

A 10-year-old girl from Merseyside had a lucky escape when her sledge became trapped under a moving car.

The girl was sledging on the drive outside her home in Ingleholme Gardens, Prescot, on Wednesday when she went down the slope and into the road.

The fire service, who were called to the scene, said she slid in between the front and back wheels.

She was freed from the vehicle and taken to hospital with non life-threatening leg, back and arm injuries.

Crews from Whiston, Eccleston and Croxteth were called to the incident at about 1550 GMT.

'Very lucky'

Station Manager Richard Clarke said: "Really she was very, very lucky - if she had sledged down seconds earlier, she could have gone underneath the wheels."

Firefighters stabilised the vehicle from every direction before using airbags to free the girl and she was taken to Whiston Hospital.

Mr Clarke added: "She was very shocked but the crews were there within minutes of the call.

"The road was very snow impacted, it looked very nice to play on from a child's point of view but the driver was still using the road, as you would, and I'm sure the driver is just as shocked as the rest of us.

"A second before or a second after she may not have gone in the gap between the two sets of wheels and it could have been a lot more serious than it actually turned out."

The fire service is reminding children to play in safe places and away from busy roads.

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