Girl struck by van on The Horsley Drive on March 13

A child has been rushed to hospital after being struck by a vehicle in Smithfield on Tuesday afternoon. Picture: 7 News Sydney
A child has been rushed to hospital after being struck by a vehicle in Smithfield on Tuesday afternoon. Picture: 7 News Sydney

A six-year-old girl has been taken to hospital in a critical condition after she was hit by a van in Smithfield on Tuesday afternoon.

The girl remained unconscious from the time she was struck by the vehicle on The Horsley Drive (near Justin Street) at about 4.40pm.

The CareFlight helicopter leaves Smithfield. Picture: CareFlight

The CareFlight helicopter leaves Smithfield. Picture: CareFlight

CareFlight’s rapid response rescue helicopter was tasked landing in a park near the accident scene after four minutes flying time.

NSW Ambulance paramedics, who had provided initial treatment, took the patient to meet the helicopter as it landed.

CareFlight’s specialist doctor and critical care paramedic provided treatment on location, intubating the girl and placing her in an induced coma.

The girl was taken by road to The Children’s Hospital at Westmead under the ongoing care of CareFlight’s medical team. She remains in a critical but stable condition.

A map of where the incident occurred on The Horsley Drive on Tuesday afternoon. The Horsley Drive remained closed in both directions, nearly two-and-a-half hours after the incident occurred. Picture: Live Traffic NSW

A map of where the incident occurred on The Horsley Drive on Tuesday afternoon. The Horsley Drive remained closed in both directions, nearly two-and-a-half hours after the incident occurred. Picture: Live Traffic NSW

The driver, a 55-year-old man, was taken to Fairfield Hospital for mandatory testing.

Police from Fairfield City Police Area Command commenced inquiries into the incident.

Anyone with information is urged to come forward.

Police are urging anyone with information in relation to this incident to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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