A 2-year-old boy was left in a serious condition after being run over by a van collecting kindergarten children in Flaxmere this morning.

The toddler was taken to Hawke's Bay Hospital at about 9am with a skull fracture and broken pelvis. Because of his serious condition, he was then taken to Starship hospital in Auckland. Police said the boy had been hit by a kindergarten van doing pick-ups in the Flaxmere cul-de-sac.

Acting Traffic Sergeant Nic Rennall said police were unsure how it had happened.

They were not sure of the sequence of events, it was not a hit and run. The the van had been "caught up with", and the driver was speaking with police, Mr Rennall said.

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Mr Rennall said he thought the boy had been playing in the cul-de-sac, which was quite common in the street.