Canvey Island crash: Six seriously injured as car ‘being chased by cops hits pedestrians’

Six teenagers are seriously injured and one is fighting for their life after ‘BMW fleeing police ploughs into group after losing control at a roundabout’

-Car allegedly crashed into pedestrians at 4.10pm in Canvey Island, Essex, today

-Three air ambulances and ten ordinary ambulances attended the scene

-One has life changing injuries while others are believed to be in stable condition

Six teenagers were mowed down by a car in the Essex seaside town of Canvey Island yesterday.

One of the victims was last night fighting for their life, while another has a ‘life-changing leg injury’.

The crash happened at around 4pm, and a huge emergency services operation was launched, with three air ambulances pictured arriving at the scene.

One woman, who asked to remain anonymous, said: “Someone lost control at the roundabout and just hit a group.”

Another witness told Essex Live that one of the patient’s parents were nearby when it happened.

They said: “I was down the front with my family when I saw a woman come running and yelling to her husband to say to come quick because someone had been hit.

“I think it was their child. They bolted it back up and haven’t seen them since.

“I then saw the air ambulance land and it caused quite a scene really.”

Another person said: “We just came down for the day and heard a bang and then saw all the air ambulances arrive.”

A police statement said: “We are at the scene of a serious road traffic collision in Furtherwick Road, Canvey.

“We were contacted shortly after 4.10pm today, Saturday, April 14, following reports a car was in collision with six pedestrians.

“One was described as being in a life threatening condition, one with potential life changing injuries, and four with serious injuries. All are being taken to hospital.

“A section of the road is currently closed while officers and paramedics deal with the incident.

“We ask people to please avoid the area while this work continues, and ask any witnesses to contact us on 101 quoting reference 770 of April 14.”

Jon Moore, Deputy Director of Service Transformation, Specialist Operations and Resilience at the East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust, said: “The emergency services and critical care teams worked extremely quickly and professionally together at this incident to ensure patients received the right care as swiftly as possible.”

A statement from the ambulance service said: “A number of resources attended including three air ambulances, four ambulances, the hazardous area response team (HART) and a number of ambulance officers.

“Ambulance staff worked with the police to treat causalities and make the area safe. A total of five casualties were treated by crews.

“A casualty in a critical condition has been flown to a London hospital. A second casualty with a potentially life-changing leg injury has also been flown to a London hospital.

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