Schoolboy knocked over by car outside Murton school

A typically busy day outside this Murton school.
A typically busy day outside this Murton school.
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A BOY is recovering after he was knocked down outside a school.

Parents and shocked bystanders rushed to the aid of the 10-year-old after he suffered a head injury and lost several teeth, in the collision with a car in Barnes Road, Murton.

He was taken to Sunderland Royal Hospital by ambulance, but police said his injuries were not serious.

The incident has reignited calls for action to tackle traffic outside Murton Community Primary School, where cars park up at the start and end of the school day, creating a one-lane street.

Short Grove resident Jimmy Collings, who has been monitoring the situation, fears further accidents and said there have been a number of near misses.

He has suggested a section of land off Webb Avenue is used to create a drop-off point, with a gate into the school site, and has called for a meeting with Durham County Council.

“In a perfect world, parents should make sure their kids get to school safely by walking,” he said.

“But we don’t live in a perfect world, but this would be one way they would get to school.

“If people have got cars, they are lazy. I’ve got a car and I’ll admit it.

“I’m not going to sit back for other people to turn around and say we should have done something.”

Mr Collings claimed some parents drive just a few streets to the school gate to drop off and pick up their children.

The issue has been listed a priority for the village’s beat bobbies.

Easington MP Grahame Morris has also been in discussions with the school and Durham County Council about the issue.

David Battensby, area traffic manager for the council, said: “Accidents such as this are always very upsetting for everyone involved.

“A number of teams from the council are working with the school to establish what happened, and to see if there is any action we can take.

“We have already taken a number of steps to increase road safety outside the school, but are also happy to look at any other suggestions.

“We would like to take this opportunity to praise the quick thinking of the parents who helped out and wish the pupil a good recovery.”

Measures already taken include the installation of barriers, traffic calming speed cushions and bollards.

Yellow lines, which restrict the waiting and parking in the area, have also been laid.

The accident happened at 3.45pm on last Friday.

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