Mother thanks emergency workers after Jade Phillips, 12, seriously hurt in bus crash in Rochester Road, Gravesend
Emergency services at the
scene of a bus crash in Gravesend
The mother of a 12-year-old girl seriously hurt when
she was hit by a car and a bus in Gravesend has thanked
everyone who helped her.
Amanda Pryor said daughter Jade Phillips is now in a stable
condition after the crash on her way to school yesterday.
The youngster, who attends St John's Catholic Comprehensive
School, was struck by a car in Rochester Road at about
She is believed to have then been thrown into the path
of a number 480 bus - and ended up trapped under the
Jade is now in King's College Hospital, London, with a
fractured skull and collarbone.
Mother Amanda said on Facebook: "Would like to say a
thank you to the paramedics, firemen and police, particularly one
called Richard who spent most of the day holding my hand.
"Kim for staying with Jade while she was trapped and all the
staff at King's who are doing there best for Jade and everyone who
has sent me and Lee lovely messages. She's sleeping now and in a
stable condition xx."
Jade was with her mother when she was hit near a parade of shops
in Rochester Road.
Crews from Kent Fire and Rescue Service had used air bags
to release her from under the single-decker bus.
Video: Emergency workers
at the scene of the bus crash in Gravesend
An Arriva spokesman said: "We can confirm that an Arriva bus on
route 480 was involved in an incident involving a young girl in
Gravesend this morning.
"Early reports indicate that the child was hit by a car on the
other side of the carriageway and then thrown into the path of our
bus travelling in the opposite direction.
"We are fully co-operating with the police into this extremely
tragic situation and at the moment our thoughts are with the family
of the young girl as she is treated for her injuries."
Police officers stopped traffic between the Lion roundabout
and the Milton Ale Shades pub.
James Gaywood was on his was to North West Kent College on the
bus behind the one involved.
He said: "We just saw a crowd of people around the bus and knew
something must have happened.
"We saw somebody was laying under the wheels, under the front
wheel axel, of the bus. We just heard people trying to comfort the
Fire crews at the scene
of the accident in Rochester Road, Gravesend
Witnesses are asked to the phone the Kent Police Serious
Collision Investigation Unit on 01622 798538 or Crimestoppers,
anonymously, on 0800 555 111.
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