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A GIRL suffered serious injuries after she was struck by a car on a busy Southampton road.

The girl, who is believed to be ten years old, was in collision with the car on Botley Road, Sholing, outside Valentine Primary School.

Neighbours rushed to the scene to attend to the girl, who was playing with her friends when the accident happened.

An air ambulance was called and landed nearby but the girl was taken to Southampton General Hospital by road ambulance.

She is understood to have suffered multiple serious injuries but it is not clear last night if they were life-threatening.

The incident happened just after 11am yesterday. Botley Road was closed in both directions for a short period of time as paramedics treated the girl.

A resident from Botley Road, who did not want to be named, described the moment the car hit the girl.

He said: “I was on the phone at the time and I heard a loud bang and then heard a scream and I just knew someone had been knocked down.”

Police are investigating.