Seven children and two adults injured as car crashes into Wimbledon girls school

Police said the collision at the Wimbledon girls' school is not being treated as terror-related.

Police said the collision at the Wimbledon girls' school is not being treated as terror-related. Photo: EPA

Seven children and two adults have been hurt after a car crashed into a building at a girls’ school in Wimbledon, London.

The driver stopped at the scene of the crash at The Study Preparatory School in Camp Rd, and no arrests have yet been made, the Metropolitan Police said.

Officers, firefighters and paramedics, including London’s Air Ambulance, responded just before 10am on Thursday, and the incident is not being treated as terror-related.

Wimbledon MP Stephen Hammond told the BBC several of those injured were in a “critical” condition.

“Extraordinarily distressing and tragic incident on the last day of term … there has actually been a major incident declared,” he said.

“There are a number of casualties and injuries as we know. I understand, and I don’t know the numbers, but I understand a number of those are being treated as critical.”

The school is for girls aged four to 11 and sits on Wimbledon Common, just 1.5 kilometres away from the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club as it hosts the world-famous tennis tournament.

Police extended a large cordon around the school and television pictures from overhead showed the car up against the wall of the building, while firefighters and paramedics stood near a gap in the fencing at the entrance to the site.

“At this time nine people are reported injured. These include two adults and seven children. We await further updates on their conditions,” police said in a statement.

“The driver of the vehicle stopped at the scene. There have been no arrests.”


Topics: Wimbledon
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