A GIRL, 12, was in a critical condition in hospital last night following a road accident near her home on Wednesday.
She was in a collision with a car on Broom Lane, Ushaw Moor, near Durham, at around 3.45pm.
Police said the girl appeared to step out onto the road and into the path of an oncoming blue Ford Ka, about 100- metres west of the junction with Valley View.
She suffered serious head injuries, a suspected broken wrist and cuts to the chin, and was airlifted by ambulance helicopter to The James Cook University Hospital in Middlesbrough.
There her condition was initially described as, “serious, but stable”, but she was yesterday said to be “critical”.
The 43-year-old woman driver of the car, who is from the Durham area, was said to have been shaken but otherwise unhurt.
She was travelling east, towards nearby Deerness Sports Centre, in Ushaw Moor, at the time of the accident.
Broom Lane was closed for around an hour after the incident while police attended at the scene.
Police have called for any witnesses to the incident to contact Durham Police’s accident investigation unit, on 0345 606-0365.