Girl airlifted to hospital from Hertfordshire school

PUBLISHED: 10:24 29 September 2011 | UPDATED: 10:30 29 September 2011




A 13-year-old girl has been airlifted to hospital after a school climbing frame collapsed.

The 13-year-old girl was playing at around 5pm yesterday (Wednesday) when the accident happened in the grounds of Queenswood School in Brookmans Park.

Ambulance service spokesman Gary Sanderson said the girl was treated for injuries following a fall from a swing.

He said: “The East of England Ambulance Service (EEAST) were alerted to Queenswood School in Brookmans Park at 5.05pm.

“Crews from Hertford, Potters Bar and the Hertfordshire Air Ambulance attended the scene.

“The young girl received potential injuries to her head and neck and following treatment and stabilisation by land and aircrew paramedics, she was flown to the Royal London Hospital in Whitechapel.”

A police spokesman said: “We were notified by the ambulance service at 6.40pm yesterday of an incident at Queenswood School in Brookman’s Park.

“It is believed a teenage girl had suffered injuries after a climbing frame collapsed.

“We have been assisting the Health and Safety Executive who are investigating.”

Queenswood School’s business development director Patrick Walker said the fall was an accident.

Mr Walker said: “The girl was airlifted from here at about 6pm and was accompanied by a member of staff and a member of her family.

“It is believed she has back injuries. At this time we are waiting for more information.”

Inspectors from the Health and Safety Executive are expected at the school today (Thursday).

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