Tragedy in Birmingham as schoolboy, 12, killed after electric scooter collides with bus
A young schoolboy riding an electric scooter has tragically died after a bus collision in the Bordesley Green area of Birmingham this morning.
The 12-year-boy was riding the scooter to school when the tragedy happened just before 8am (Tuesday 6 December).
The fatal accident – involving a double decker bus and an electric scooter – happened in Bordesley Green near the junction of Belchers Lane which is close to McDonald’s near the roundabout.
West Midlands Ambulance Service confirmed it was called to the incident involving a bus and an electric scooter in Bordesley Green, Birmingham at 07.57am and sent two ambulances and two paramedic officers to the scene.
The young lad tragically died at the scene despite the best efforts of paramedics. The schoolboy’s family have been informed of the sad news and are being supported by specialist officers.
A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesperson, said: “On arrival crews discovered the rider of the scooter, a teenage boy.
“He had sustained life threatening injuries and was in a critical condition.
“Unfortunately, it became clear that nothing could be done to save him and he was confirmed deceased at the scene.
“Nobody from the bus required treatment.”
The victim was reportedly a pupil at Washwood Heath Academy in Burney Lane, Stetchford, but had been transferred to Saltley Academy in Belchers Lane recently.
Teachers have carried out counselling sessions and made contact with parents who have children at the school to inform them that pupils may need further counselling when they come home today.
Police have sealed off the location and a blue tent is erected at the scene of the fatality.
West Midlands Travel is currently rerouting bus services in the area as emergency services carry out an investigation.
A spokesperson for the police, said: “The road remains closed this afternoon while our investigators work to establish what happened.”
Detective Sergeant Paul Hughes, from the Serious Collision Investigation Unit, said: “This is an awful tragedy for the young boy’s family and friends, and our thoughts are with them at this time.
“We’ve spoken to a number of witnesses, but still want to hear from any of the passengers on the bus who we’ve not yet spoken to, or from people who may have captured what happened on dashcam.
“If people do have footage, we’d ask them not to share it on social media but to send it to us so that we can help establish exactly what happened.”
There is mounting anger from the public in the Bordesley Green and Small Heath areas regarding the use of electric scooters and people are demanding a ban due to safety and antisocial issues.
Mrs Singh, who lives in Bordesley Green, told I Am Birmingham about the “horror” she felt when she arrived at the scene of the accident.
“I was taking my daughter to school, literally just around the corner, and I saw all these emergency vehicles by the McDonald’s. It was horrible, just horrible. I feel so sorry for the parents of the poor boy. I’m still in shock,” said Mrs Singh.
She added: “These e-scooters are a nightmare. I pray they’re totally banned.”