BREAKING NEWS: Boy, 12, is killed after his electric scooter collided with a bus in horror crash during morning school run
- The tragedy took place just before 8am morning in Belchers Lane, Birmingham
- The boy was pronounced dead at the scene after colliding with the bus
- Police have now launched an investigation and are appealing for witnesses
A 12-year-old schoolboy has died after colliding with a bus while riding his electric scooter.
The tragedy took place just before 8am this morning, in Belchers Lane, Birmingham, while the boy was heading to school.
Emergency services were scrambled to the crash site, closing the road off during rush hour.
But despite the efforts of paramedics, the boy – who has not been named – was pronounced dead at the scene, becoming the latest person in the UK to die while riding an e-scooter.
Announcing the news this afternoon, West Midlands Police said: ‘A boy has sadly died after a collision involving a bus in Birmingham today.
Belchers Lane in Birmingham where a 12-year-old schoolboy has died after colliding with a bus while riding his e-scooter
‘The 12-year-old is believed to have been riding an e-scooter when he collided with a bus on Bordesley Green, near to the junction with Belchers Lane, just before 8am.’
The statement added: ‘He was sadly confirmed dead at the scene. The road remains closed this afternoon while our investigators work to establish what happened.
‘The youngster’s family has been told, and are being supported by specially trained officers.’
Detective Sergeant Paul Hughes, of the force’s serious collision investigation unit, said: ‘This is an awful tragedy for the young boy’s family and friends, and our thoughts are with them at this time.
‘We’ve spoken to a number of witnesses, but still want to hear from any of the passengers on the bus who we’ve not yet spoken to, or from people who may have captured what happened on dashcam.
‘If people do have footage, we’d ask them not to share it on social media but to send it to us so that we can help establish exactly what happened.”
A spokesman for West Midlands Ambulance said it sent two ambulances and two paramedic officers to the scene.
‘He had sustained life threatening injuries and was in a critical condition,’ the spokesman said.
‘Unfortunately, it became clear that nothing could be done to save him and he was confirmed deceased at the scene.’
Nobody on the bus required treatment.