South Auckland road closed after nine-year-old hit by car

File photo / Martin Sykes
File photo / Martin Sykes

A child is fighting for his life and a teenager has serious injuries after being hit by vehicles in separate accidents in south Auckland today.

A 9-year-old boy was hit by a car on Massey Rd in Mangere about 5pm.

He suffered critical injuries and was taken to hospital by ambulance, police said.

The Serious Crash Unit is investigating the crash, and Massey Road between Buckland and Roberston Roads is expected to be closed to traffic for at least two hours, until about 7.30pm.

Police said drivers affected by the road closure should exercise patience.

Earlier today a 13-year-old girl was hit by a truck while crossing a pedestrian crossing in Great South Rd, Papatoetoe, just before 8am.

She was in a serious condition and bleeding from the mouth when ambulance crews arrived, said St John northern communications team manager Norm Ngatai.

The girl was taken to Middlemore Hospital and has since been transferred to intensive care in Starship Children's Hospital where she remains in a stable condition.

It is unclear is she was riding or pushing her bike when the incident happened.

- APNZ

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