Girl dies after being hit by lorry

A SIX-year-old girl has died following a road crash in Lowestoft this morning.The girl died of her injuries despite being airlifted to hospital.

A SIX-year-old girl who died today after she was struck by a lorry on a Suffolk road has been named by police.

Samantha Castledine was killed in Lowestoft as she cycled to school along Yarmouth Road at around 9am.

Samantha, of Spashett Road, Lowestoft, was a year two pupil at the town's Gunton Primary School.

She was with a family member waiting to cross the road when she was struck by the 17 tonne Volvo lorry.

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She suffered multiple injures and was taken to James Paget Hospital in Gorleston where she was pronounced dead.

A makeshift shrine has since been created on a traffic island at the scene, with dozens of bouquets of flowers left by residents and fellow classmates.

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Gunton Primary School headteacher Sue Barrett said: “Unfortunately there was a tragic accident this morning involving a pupil from this school.

“We are unable to identify the child until the extended family has been notified.

“Our thoughts and sympathies are with the family at this very sad time.”

Pupils were informed about the accident and were then allowed home after lunch.

Mrs Barrett said: “As headteacher, my priority now is to support our children.

“We have educational psychologists at the school to help us to do this and they will stay with us for as long as we need them.”

The driver of the lorry and his adult son, who was with him at the time of the crash, were taken to James Paget Hospital as a precaution.

The lollypop man on duty had to leave his post and receive treatment for shock.

Meanwhile, parents are already calling for improved safety measures along the stretch of the road where the tragedy took place.

Anyone who may have witnessed the accident is asked to call the roads policing unit on 01986 835350.

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