UPDATE THURSDAY 2.30PM: A road in Thurlby where two 11-year-old girls were critically injured after a minibus hit them is to have its speed limit cut to 40mph.
The reduction from the current 60mph limit is to take effect within the next two months after Lincolnshire County Council voted to make the change last month.
But the change has become more urgent after the accident on Tuesday afternoon when two schoolgirls coming home from Bourne Academy were airlifted to hospital with serious head and abdominal injuries.
A county council spokesman said: “A reduction of the speed limit from 60mph to 40mph was agreed in December but we explained at the time that it would take between eight to ten weeks to implement the measure because there is a legal process that we have to follow.
“It should be reduced some time in February.”
Brian Thompson, head of highways at Lincolnshire County Council, said: “My thoughts are, of course, with both children following this tragic accident.
“On behalf of Lincolnshire County Council, I would like to send my heartfelt sympathy to their families and friends.”
Meanwhile, a Lincolnshire Police spokesman confirmed today that the girls were still “critical but stable” in hospital at Queen’s Medical Centre, Nottingham.
The senior investigating officer into the crash, Sgt Ewan Gell of the Road Policing Unit, said: “Enquiries are ongoing into the cause at this time.”
WEDNESDAY 4.30PM: A four-car crash has taken place in Thurlby this afternoon just yards from where two 11-year-old girls were critically injured.
The crash happened on the A15 Bourne Road where a Jaguar and Peugeot 207, both blue, collided with a Kia Sorento and Ford Mondeo, both black, just after 3pm.
Paramedics treated several people for minor injuries but the road is currently closed at the junction of Fen Road and Raymond Mays Way, with diversions in place.
This latest accident comes less that 24 hours after two students from Bourne Academy suffered head and abdominal injuries when they were hit by a minibus on Main Road while on their way home from school.
WEDNESDAY 12.15PM: Two girls are in “critical but stable” conditions in hospital as police today issued a fresh appeal for witnesses to a crash on the A15 in Thurlby.
The girls, both from the Thurlby area, suffered head injuries and abdominal fractures after a collision between them and a minibus on Main Road yesterday afternoon.
It happened shortly before 4pm when the girls were getting off a school bus in the area before a silver Renault Trafic minibus, driven by a man (42) from Deeping St James, collided with them.
The driver was uninjured but the girls, who both attend Bourne Academy, were airlifted separately to Queen’s Medical Centre, Nottingham, after they were being treated for their injuries at the scene by paramedics.
A Lincolnshire Police spokesman said: “The injured girls, who both live locally, had got off a school bus shortly before the collision.
“Each girl sustained various fractures and head injuries in the collision with a silver Renault Trafic minibus and were both taken by separate air ambulances to Queen’s Medical Centre, Nottingham, where they remain in critical but stable conditions.
“Bourne Academy is supporting the families and fellow pupils of the girls as best they can.”
The spokesman added that the minibus driver has been interviewed by officers from the Roads Policing Unit.
Main Road was closed at its junction with Fen Road and Church Street until about 10pm.
A Bourne Academy spokesman described the accident as a “tragic event” coming on the same day as children went back to school after the Christmas holidays.
The spokesman added: “Our thoughts, concerns and prayers are with both amilies at this difficult time.”
Anyone who saw the accident should call Sgt Ewan Gell of the Roads Policing Unit on 101 or the Collision Witness Hotline on 01522 558855.
WEDNESDAY 9.30AM: Two girls, both aged 11, are in a critical condition in hospital after a serious road crash on the A15 in Thurlby, police have said today.
The girls, who are both students at Bourne Academy, were airlifted to hospital with serious head injuries after the crash on Main Road, near Bourne, shortly before 4pm yesterday.
In a statement on the academy’s website, a spokesman confirmed that the girls were on their way home from lessons when a vehicle collided with them near the junction of Fen Road and Church Street.
The spokesman said: “We are aware that two of our younger students have been involved in a road traffic accident.
“This happened on their way home from school yesterday, January 7, on the A15 south of Bourne.
“This is a tragic event on what was our first day back after the Christmas break and our thoughts, concerns and prayers are with both families at this difficult time.”
Shortly after the crash, paramedics spent a period of time treating both girls at the scene before they were flown to hospital.
The road was closed until this morning while police carried out investigations at the scene.
Anyone who saw the accident should call 101, stating incident 223 of January 7.
TUESDAY 5.30PM: Two girls, both aged 11, have been seriously injured after a vehicle collided with them on the A15 in Thurlby today.
The girls are being treated for what police describe as “potentially serious head injuries” after the accident on Main Road shortly before 4pm.
Paramedics are treating the girls at the scene and they are then expected to be taken to hospital, but there are no further details about the extent of their injuries.
The road is likely to be closed for a “significant period of time” and motorists are asked to avoid the area.
A Lincolnshire Police spokesman said: “We were called to the scene at 3.53pm today after a report that a vehicle had collided with two 11-year-old girls.
“They were both pedestrians and are currently being treated for potentially serious head injuries.
“The girls will be taken to hospital as soon as possible and the A15 Main Road at Thurlby will be closed for a significant period of time.”