Two 11-year-old girls who were critically injured after a minibus hit them on the A15 in Thurlby are now out of hospital.
The news was confirmed today by Lincolnshire Police on the eve of a public meeting about road safety in Thurlby and the neighbouring village of Northorpe.
Both girls were on their way home from Bourne Academy when the accident, involving a silver Renault Trafic, happened on January 7.
Police from the county’s Collisions Investigation Team staged a reconstruction of events five days later to help jog witnesses’ memories.
Insp Simon Heads of the Road Policing Unit said: “The girls have survived one of the highest speed pedestrian impacts we have known in Lincolnshire and I am clearly relieved and delighted at the news that they are both now out of hospital.
“I want to pay tribute to the local community who were nearby and immediately went to the aid of the girls, including off-duty police officers.
“I also want to pay tribute to the medical staff, including two separate air ambulances that attended and were able to take the girls to get specialist care.”
Meanwhile, a public meeting at Lawrance Park Village Hall, Crown Lane, Thurlby, at 7.30pm will discuss calls for new pedestrian crossings for Thurlby and Northorpe which are both on the A15.
The meeting will be attended by Nick Boles, MP for Grantham and Stamford, Lincolnshire County Council’s cabinet minister for highways and transport, Coun Richard Davies, Thurlby parish councillors and Graham Clegg, headteacher of Thurlby Primary School.
Thurlby mum-of-two Clare White (33), organiser of the meeting and an online petition calling for pedestrian crossings to be installed in the village and Northorpe, said: “This meeting is our chance to show just how much we need these crossings.”