Air mercy lift for girl, 13, hit by car in Hebden Bridge

The scene of a road traffic collision in Hebden Bridge which saw a 13-year-old girl airlifted to Leeds General Infirmary.
The scene of a road traffic collision in Hebden Bridge which saw a 13-year-old girl airlifted to Leeds General Infirmary.

A 13-year-old Calderdale girl was dramatically airlifted to hospital after a road accident in a busy shopping area.

The girl, named locally as Georgia Gaunt, was hit by a Mitsubishi 4x4 in Bridge Gate, Hebden Bridge, on Saturday afternoon.

Paramedics and police were able to move the girl – believed to be a pupil at Crossley Heath Grammar School, Halifax – from underneath the car to the air ambulance, which landed in Calder Holmes Park.

She was flown to Leeds General Infirmary and underwent a series of tests to determine the extent of her injuries – initially thought to be life-threatening.

Her condition was later downgraded and tests revealed her injuries were not as serious as first thought. She did not suffer any broken bones.

But the youngster is being kept in for observation.

Bridge End was closed for several hours and the 4x4 remained cordoned off while police carried out investigations.

Witnesses in the Bridge Gate area reported hearing screams, while others said the girl was dragged along by the vehicle.

Mick Wardrobe, manager at Reeds Rains in Bridge Gate, said he heard “piercing screams” from the road outside the branch.

“I heard a loud, piercing scream, and then more people started screaming as they gathered around her,” he said.

“People came rushing out of the shops and some started calling 999.”

Linda Taylor, who also heard the screaming, said: “People were banging on the driver’s window, telling him to stop.

“I saw the girl wedged between the tyre and the pavement. She was awake but very pale and bleeding. People were holding her head, trying to comfort her and the friend she was with.

“The paramedics took her away on a stretcher in the back of a police car to the air ambulance,” she said.

Police inquiries into the accident were continuing today.