Screams heard as toddler fights for life after being hit by car in Birkenhead

A toddler is in a critical condition after being hit by a car in Birkenhead, Merseyside today.

The three-year-old boy is understood to have suffered head injuries and is fighting for his life.

Nearby residents have described hearing the crash followed by piercing screams.

The driver of the car stopped and is assisting police and there is a major emergency service presence at the scene on Laird Street.

One woman, who has lived on the street for 42 years, said staff from a nearby Iceland store came running out to deliver first aid until paramedics arrived.

She believed the little boy was with his grandmother when he was hit. This has not been confirmed by police.

Dale Jones has lived in the flats on Laird Street for four years. He said he is shocked by what happened and hopes the boy will be okay.

Bus driver Andy Davies was driving the 418 along Laird Street when he saw the cordon.

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He said by the time he arrived the little boy had already been taken away in an ambulance.

He had to get all the passengers off the bus and ask them to walk to the next stop.

Merseyside Police tweeted to say "please avoid this area and find an alternative route due to long delays."

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