Collision at a school in Wimbledon
Collision at a school in Wimbledon, Latest: A girl has died after a car crashed into a primary school building in Wimbledon, southwest London. Six other children and two adults were injured when a gold Land Rover crashed into The Study Preparatory School on Camp Road at around 10:00 BST. The driver, a woman in her 40s, has been arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving. Several people were treated at the scene by paramedics and an air ambulance was called. Det Ch Sup Clair Kelland, South West London Police Commander, said: “This is tragic news and our thoughts are with the girl’s family and friends, and with all those affected today.” We remain on the scene and are continuing our investigation into the full circumstances of the incident.”
The Met Police said it was awaiting an update on the eight people who were injured from the London Ambulance Service. St George’s Hospital in Tooting said it was “receiving a number of patients who are being cared for by our specialist clinical teams”. The school is for girls aged 4-11 and is located near Wimbledon Common. A major incident was declared, but the Met said it was not being treated as terrorism-related. The motionless Land Rover could be seen on the school grounds, surrounded by plastic sheeting and cording. About 20 ambulances were parked on Camp Road, along with two fire and rescue vehicles. Firefighters were seen carrying various cutting equipment away from the scene.
Wimbledon school car crash
Several bystanders were standing at the edge of the curb at the top of the road, including concerned parents who showed up all morning. Once at the location, they were asked to register their names and details with a police officer. Many of them were huddled in groups that looked very worried. Wimbledon MP Stephen Hammond told the BBC a major incident had been declared and the part of the school where the accident occurred was where pupils between the ages of four and eight would have been. “It’s extremely distressing and extremely worrying,” he said, speaking before police announced the girl’s death. The size of the response tells you how serious the incident is and there are a number of victims, and I understand that a number of them are being treated as critics.” He described the location as “really quite remote”, adding that it is about a mile from Wimbledon village and on the way to several nearby golf clubs.