Schoolgirl, 10, killed and another child injured after Land Rover ploughed into them

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Danger on the street. Blue flasher on the police car at night.
Police are investigating a crash involving a suspected drink driver which left a 10-year-old girl dead. (Stock image: Getty)

A 10-year-old girl has been killed and another child injured after a Land Rover driven by a suspected drink driver ploughed into them just days before Christmas.

Emergency services were called to reports that a Land Rover Discovery had crashed into the girls in Oldham, Greater Manchester, at around 5pm on Saturday.

Both were rushed to hospital but tragically one girl, aged 10, died of her injuries a short time later.

The other, whose age has not been released, is in a stable condition after suffering an ankle and head injury, Greater Manchester Police said.

A 42-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving and driving under the influence.

Coleridge Road
The crash took place on Coleridge Road, Oldham, on Saturday evening. (Google Maps)

A spokesman for the force said: "At around 5pm yesterday (18 December), police were called to reports of a collision on Coleridge Road, Oldham between a red Land Rover Discovery and two children.

"Following the collision with the two children, the car then collided with a lamp post.

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"Emergency services attended and a 10-year-old girl was taken to hospital with serious injuries where, despite the best work of hospital staff, she sadly died a short time later.

"The other child was taken to hospital with an ankle and head injury where she remains in a stable condition."

A neighbour reportedly wrapped the two girls in dressing gowns as they lay injured in the road to keep them warm as medics worked on them.

Police have launched an investigation and are appealing for information and for anyone with dashcam footage of the Land Rover during or before the collision to get in touch.

Sergeant Matthew Waggett said: "Our thoughts are with the little girl's family at this unimaginably difficult time.

"Whilst we have arrested a man, we are continuing at pace with our investigation as we work to establish the full circumstances of this collision.

"This collision happened at a busy time of day and we are hopeful that there are a number of witnesses who can assist police with their enquiries."

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