Staffordshire crash girl's 'remarkable' crushing escape

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Etruria Road collision scene, pic by West Midlands Ambulance Service
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Roadworks potentially saved the girl's life, West Midlands Ambulance staff said

An eight-year-old girl has narrowly avoided being crushed after being hit by a car that landed on top of her.

A BMW collided with an Audi in Etruria Road, Hanley, Stoke-on-Trent, at about 1900 BST on Wednesday.

The BMW then hit the girl and her father who were walking beside some roadworks, ambulance staff said.

The car knocked her down into a hollow in the road, causing the crash barrier to fall over the hollow, preventing her from being crushed by the BMW above.

Fire crews used inflatable bags to raise the car and get the girl out.

She had some cuts to her legs but no obvious fractures, West Midlands Ambulance Service said.

Her father had head and leg injuries and the pair were taken to University Hospital North Staffordshire for treatment.

"There is no doubt that they have escaped with remarkably minor levels of injury considering what has happened," an ambulance spokesman said.

Neither of the drivers required hospital treatment.

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