Air ambulance’s vital role

air ambulance southlands road bexhill monday october 15 Picture by David Clark
air ambulance southlands road bexhill monday october 15 Picture by David Clark

A SCHOOLBOY was airlifted to hospital with suspected serious head injuries during a spate of accidents in Bexhill on Monday.

The 14-year-old lad, who has not been named, was in collision with a car as he was walking to Bexhill High School at around 8.15am.

The accident happened close to the junction of Southlands Road and the A269 Ninfield Road in Sidley.

Paramedics attended but then quickly called for the assistance of the Kent, Surrey and Sussex Air Ambulance.

Its helicopter, based at Marden, near Tonbridge, was on scene within 15 minutes to fly the injured boy to King’s College Hospital, London.

There he received further treatment and is still in hospital under observation.

During the incident, police closed the A269 Ninfield Road for almost two hours while emergency services were in attendance.

The air ambulance helicopter landed at the road junction to minimise the distance the young casualty had to be carried.

The car driver was uninjured. Police are now investigating how the accident came to occur.

Mike Conn, executive principal at Bexhill High School, said: “ The boy concerned was an overseas student who is currently visiting the school.

“I have no detailed knowledge of what happened, although I understand the boy’s injuries are not as serious as at first thought.

“He’s lost some teeth and that sort of thing, but apparently there’s no brain damage and nothing life threatening.”

Mr Conn added: “The safety of our students on local roads is of constant concern and my colleagues and I regularly underline the need for them to take care .”

Later in the day, the A269 Ninfield Road was again the focus of attention for 999 crews after a woman driving a Peugeot estate car fell ill at the wheel and collided with a parked Nissan Micra and a lamp post near the road’s junction with Beacon Hill.

She was taken by ambulance to the Conquest Hospital, St Leonards, for treatment. No one else was injured.

At 9am on Monday two cars were in collision at the junction of Richmond Road and the B2182 Cooden Drive in Bexhill. One of the vehicles also hit a telephone exchange box.

No one was hurt and engineers dealt with damaged cables from the exchange box.