Eight-year-old girl dies after car hits London primary school – police


LONDON (Reuters) -An 8-year-old girl died and several other children and adults were injured after a car collided with a building at a south London primary school on Thursday, police said.

Local media reported the children had been holding an end-of-term tea party with parents and teachers in the garden of Study Prep School in Wimbledon, less than a mile from the site of the ongoing tennis tournament.

“The driver of a car, a woman aged in her 40s, stopped at the scene and has since been arrested for causing death by dangerous driving and remains in police custody,” senior police officer Clair Kelland told reporters outside the school, at times fighting back tears.

Asked how the car, a Land Rover, could have crashed into the school, Kelland said she would not speculate.

The capital’s Metropolitan Police said the incident was not being treated as “terror related”.

A total of 16 people, several of them children, were treated at the scene and 10 were taken to hospital, emergency services said.

“The school community is profoundly affected by this tragedy and, at the moment, we’re really not in a position to make any further comment about it,” John Tucker, chair of the school’s board of governors told reporters.

A spokesperson for Rishi Sunak said the prime minister thanked the emergency services for their response.

“The prime minister’s deepest condolences are with the family of the girl who has tragically lost her life and his thoughts are with all those injured and involved in the horrific collision in Wimbledon this morning,” the spokesperson said.

“This will have been a terrifying experience for all the children, staff and parents.”

Several ambulances, including the air ambulance service and fire officers were involved in the response to the incident.

(Reporting by Sarah Young and Sachin Ravikumar; Editing by William Schomberg, Michael Holden, Kylie MacLellan and Andrew Heavens)

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