A YOUNG boy was taken to hospital after being hit by a car during rush hour.

The 12-year-old was struck by a Honda Civic in Turton Road, Bromley Cross, at around 4.30pm today.

Emergency services rushed to the scene and the road was closed off to traffic.

Police reported that the youngster, believed to be a local schoolboy, was concious at the scene.

He was later airlifted by the North West Air Ambulance from a field behind Oaks Avenue to Manchester Children’s Hospital.

Donna Morame, aged 47, was at home in Oaks Avenue when she realised the road had been closed by emergency services.

She said: “I walked along to see what was happening and looked up the road. I saw a boy with lots of people around him. He seemed to be concious and I think his family was with him.

“There were two ambulances, three police cars and I also heard a fire engine was there.

“It is really busy. There is lots of traffic and you always have kids cutting through from Turton High and Canon Slade.”

A resident living opposite to where the incident took place, who asked not be named, said she heard a bang and saw ambulances and police arrive.

She added: “The emergency services came very quickly.”

Other witnesses reported that teachers from Turton School were making sure local schoolchildren stayed away from the incident.

The North West Ambulance Service confirmed it had sent two rapid response vehicle vehicles and an ambulance crew.

The police spokesman added: “There had been a collision between a child, believed to be 12 years old, and a car.”

Turton Road was closed for around two hours during the incident.