Wimbledon school crash: Girl, 8, dies after Land Rover collision

A woman in her 40s has been arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving.
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An eight-year-old girl has died after a car crashed into a primary school building in Wimbledon, south-west London.

Paramedics treated 16 people for injuries after the gold-coloured Land Rover crashed into The Study Preparatory School in Camp Road at 9.54am on Thursday morning.

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London Ambulance Service says it took 10 people to hospital.

A woman in her 40s has been arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving.

A Land Rover hit the Study Preparatory school building. Credit: Getty ImagesA Land Rover hit the Study Preparatory school building. Credit: Getty Images
A Land Rover hit the Study Preparatory school building. Credit: Getty Images

At a news conference Det Ch Sup Clair Kelland, local police commander for south-west London, became emotional, her voice breaking at times.

She said: "This is a very difficult time for everyone here at the school and across the wider community.

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"We would ask people not to speculate while we work to understand the full circumstances of what has happened during this tragic incident.

"Our officers have already spoken to a number of witnesses and have viewed the CCTV."

John Tucker, chair of the school’s board of governors, told the news conference: “The school community is profoundly affected by this tragedy and, at the moment, we’re not in a position to make any further comment.”

Chief paramedic Dr John Martin, of London Ambulance Service, said it had dispatched 15 ambulances alongside London’s Air Ambulance and specialist critical care paramedics.

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St George’s Hospital, in Tooting, said earlier that it was “receiving a number of patients who are being cared for by our specialist clinical teams”.

The school is for girls aged 4 to 11 and is located near Wimbledon Common.

A major incident was declared, but the Met said it was not being treated as terror-related.