A young girl has been taken to hospital after being hit by a ute in Hamilton this morning.
The 11-year-old, a student at Berkley Normal Middle School, was hit on Morrinsville Rd in Hillcrest at around 8.15am.
Police said she had been crossing the busy road at the traffic lights when she was hit by a ute towing a trailer. There is a 60km/h speed limit on the road.
It was not known whether the ute went through a red or green light. Witnesses gave conflicting reports, police said.
Damon Martin-Bailey, who lives nearby, said he heard a "small bang" on the road, followed soon after by sirens.
When he went out to the road, he saw a person lying under a blanket on the crossing.
The girl was taken to Waikato Hospital. Police initially said her injuries were critical.
A Waikato Hospital spokeswoman said she was still under observation in ED, and was now in a serious condition.
Waikato Road Policing Manager Marcus Lynam said police had spoken to a number of witnesses including the male driver of the ute.
He appealed for any other witnesses to contact police.
"Police also remind all motorists in general to take extra care when driving
near school zones," he said.
The school confirmed that the girl was a student, but could not comment further.
In a post on Facebook, a staff member said the student was "in the best possible hands" at the hospital.
"We would like to send our sincere thanks to the Hillcrest community members who were present at the accident and provided exceptional support.
"The police have also asked me to acknowledge and thank the community for responding appropriately and for making a helpful contribution to the management of the scene.
"Our thoughts are with everyone involved at this challenging time."