Boy, 13, fights for his life after being involved in a road spreader accident

Student, 13, is fighting for his life after being hit by a gravel truck

The teenager had been walking to school when the crash took place (Image: Google Maps)

A 13-year-old boy suffered life-threatening injuries in a collision with a gritter.

The teenager was on his way to school when the accident happened at Lansbury Park estate in Caerphilly, South Wales.

Heavy snow had hit the region overnight.

After the accident, the boy was taken to the University Hospital of Wales in Cardiff, where he is in critical condition.

Police said he was injured around 8:30 a.m. today.

The 36-year-old truck driver was arrested on suspicion of causing serious bodily harm through careless driving and is still in custody.

A Gwent Police spokesman said: “We received a report of a road traffic accident at Lansbury Park Road, Caerphilly, around 8.20am on Thursday 9 March.

“Our officers and paramedics from the Welsh Ambulance Service and Wales Air Ambulance were present.

“The collision involved a stray vehicle and a pedestrian.

“The pedestrian, a 13-year-old boy, was taken to hospital for treatment. His injuries are considered life-threatening.

“The driver of the gritter, a 36-year-old man, was arrested on suspicion of causing serious injuries through careless driving. He remains in custody.

“We are asking anyone who may have seen the collision, or motorists with dashcam footage who were using Lansbury Park Road between 8am and 8.30am, to contact us.”

Caerphilly County Borough Council leader Sean Morgan told ITV News: “Our thoughts are with the young man and his family and we wish him a speedy and full recovery.

“As this matter is the subject of a police investigation, it would not be appropriate for us to comment on the circumstances of the accident at this time.”

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