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Drink-drive suspect arrested after girl, 11, seriously injured in crash

A driver has been arrested on suspicion of drink-driving and dangerous driving after an 11-year-old schoolgirl suffered serious injuries in a Sutton Coldfield crash.

The 32-year-old is under arrest after the accident in Reddicap Heath Road close to the junction with Hollyfield Road and Hollyfield Road South at around 3pm on Thursday, October 21.

The junction is close to two secondary schools – Fairfax and John Willmott.

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Police, a fire crew from Perry Barr and ambulance crews attended including the Midlands Air Ambulance.

An 11-year-old schoolgirl had suffered serious injuries and was treated at the scene before being taken to hospital by ambulance.

West Midlands Ambulance Service confirmed it was called at 3.05pm to reports of a collision involving two cars and a pedestrian.

A spokesman for the service said: “We sent three ambulances, two paramedic officers and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Staffordshire to the scene.

“On arrival we discovered a girl, who was the pedestrian, who had suffered serious injuries in the collision.

“Following treatment on scene, she was transported to Birmingham Children’s Hospital by land ambulance.

West Midlands Police closed off Reddicap Heath Road while investigations continue in to a crash involving a suspected drink-driver and an 11-year-old schoolgirl

The statement continued: “The Critical Care Paramedic from the Air Ambulance travelled with the patient to help continue treatment en-route to hospital.

“The drivers of the two cars, both men, were both treated for injuries not believed to be serious before being taken to Good Hope Hospital for further assessment.”

West Midlands Police confirmed that Reddicap Heath Road was closed at the junction with Hollyfield Road and was also shut off just after Stanley Avenue in the opposite direction. It remained closed shortly before 6pm but West Midlands Police said it was ‘due to reopen shortly’.

Police are also appealing for witnesses to come forward.

A spokesman for the force said: “We are currently at Reddicap Heath Road, Sutton Coldfield, after a girl was hit by a car at 3pm.

“The 11-year-old girl was taken to hospital to be treated for injuries which are believed to be serious.

“A 32-year-old man was taken to hospital to be treated for minor injuries. He is currently under arrest on suspicion of drink-driving and causing serious injury by dangerous driving.

“The road has been closed but is due to reopen shortly.

“Anyone with information can contact us via Live Chat on our website, or by calling 101.

“Please quote log number 2453 of 21/10.”

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