Teenage boy fighting for his life after being struck by HGV lorry

A 15-year-old boy is in critical condition in hospital after being struck by an HGV lorry in South Lanarkshire last night (Saturday). The incident happened around 9.25pm in Townhead Street, Strathaven. Emergency services rushed the young pedestrian to Hairmyres Hospital by ambulance.

He remains there and medical staff describe his condition as critical.

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Sergeant Stuart Bell of the Road Policing Unit said: “The vehicle involved did not stop after the incident and it is likely that the driver did not realise the vehicle struck the boy. However we need to trace the HGV and its driver. “The vehicle was white with no livery and is described as a three axle tractor unit with a three axle trailer, possibly a Mercedes.

It had a roller shutter at the end of the trailer. I would urge the driver of this vehicle, or anyone with any information regarding it to please contact officers as soon as possible.

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“Our investigation into this crash is continuing, and I would appeal to any witnesses to the crash to come forward. I would also like to hear from any drivers who were in the local area and have dash cam footage, in case they may have witnessed something vital to this enquiry.”

Anyone with information should contact the Road Policing Unit at Motherwell through 101 quoting reference number 4071 of 1st December.

UPDATE: Police Scotland has traced the driver and HGV involved.

Officers continue to appeal for witnesses on 101.

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