SERIOUS CONDITION: A teenage girl was taken to Coffs Harbour Base Hospital in a serious condition after she was struck by a vehicle on the Pacific Hwy Orlando St intersection on Tuesday, July 4.
SERIOUS CONDITION: A teenage girl was taken to Coffs Harbour Base Hospital in a serious condition after she was struck by a vehicle on the Pacific Hwy Orlando St intersection on Tuesday, July 4. Keagan Elder

School holiday risks

A TEENAGE pedestrian was hospitalised in a serious condition after being hit by a vehicle while crossing the Pacific Highway in Coffs Harbour.

On Tuesday, a witness at the scene said the teenage girl crossed at the Pacific Hwy and Orlando St intersection as the traffic lights changed when she was struck.

Witnesses said the teenager was thrown about 10-15m before hitting the roadway heavily.

A NSW Ambulance Media spokeswoman said the girl, 15, suffered a serious head injury and a suspected fracture to her pelvis.

She also suffered injuries to her shoulder and leg.

The teenager was taken to Coffs Harbour Base Hospital in a serious condition.

In a separate incident, a 17-year-old teenage boy suffered facial injuries after falling from a scooter at Corindi last Sunday.

With warm above-average temperatures these school holiday, NSW Ambulance Inspector John Brotherhood warned more children were out and about and caution was needed on the roads.

"It's important to remember that young children in particular sometimes forget to obey the road rules and can behave unpredictably near roadways, so drivers should always be extra vigilant,” Insp Brotherhood said.

"Accidents involving children are always an emotional and confronting scene for everyone involved - including paramedics who are called on to attend.”

Across NSW there have been 13 road incidents since July 1.

But the leading cause of misadventures leading to calls to NSW Ambulance were trampoline injuries.

Paramedics attended 12 cases across NSW involving trampolines, with injuries ranging from bruising to dislocations and fractures. Another five children were injured by playground equipment.

Insp Brotherhood said to phone 000 if a child was seriously injured.



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