Child is flown to hospital after climbing frame fall

The North West Air Ambulance in Astley Park where a young girl was injured on Tuesday, April 7.
The North West Air Ambulance in Astley Park where a young girl was injured on Tuesday, April 7.

A youngster was airlifted to hospital after falling from play equipment in a Chorley park.

The 10-year-old girl was injured in the accident in Astley Park, Chorley last Tuesday.

The North West Air 
Ambulance attended and flew the child to Royal Preston 
Hospital. Police and the North West Ambulance Service also attended.

PC Mick Payne was on 
cycle duty in the park when he was stopped by a member of the public who told him what had happened.

He said: “It was a little child who had fallen from the 
climbing frame near the pets’ corner.

“She landed awkwardly onto her left side and couldn’t feel her left arm.

“It started off with the land ambulance being there. They weren’t happy and requested the air ambulance.”

PC Payne said the girl was with her mother and family.

“She was conscious throughout and suffering from shock,” he said.

Passer by Mick Ellison said: “When I got there with my goddaughter there was already an ambulance there then I saw the air ambulance hovering over the park then landing at the back of the playing area.”

A North West Air 
Ambulance spokesperson said: “We did attend an 
incident at Astley Park on April 7. We got to the incident at 16.43 and we transported a patient to Royal Preston Hospital.”

A spokesperson for Lancashire Police said: “We received a call at 4,30pm. A ten year old girl has fallen off a climbing frame, saying she couldn’t feel her arms.

“An ambulance arrived at 4.45pm. At 4.50pm a helicopter was on the way.”

Jamie Carson, director of public protection, streetscene and community at Chorley Council, said: “We were aware that the air ambulance had landed in the park to pick up someone who had been hurt, however we don’t know how they were hurt because as yet, no incident has been reported to us.

“We would wish them a speedy recovery and encourage them to report the incident to us so that we could investigate it and take any action if necessary.”

The extent of the girl’s injuries is not known.