A major emergency response is underway in Wimbledon after a Land Rover crashed into a primary school this morning, leaving ‘several people hurt.’
At least seven children and two adults are believed to be injured following the ‘serious collision’ at The Study Prep school on Camp Road at just before 10am.
The London Air Ambulance told the BBC that ‘a fair amount of resources’ were called to the area, including ‘response officers’ and a ‘hazardous area response unit’. Police have confirmed the incident is not terror related.
The school is an all girls institution which costs £16,000-a-year per student. Members of the public have been asked to stay away from the crash site to let emergency services have full access.
Stephen Hammond, Conservative MP for Wimbledon, told BBC Radio London: ‘It’s obviously extremely distressing and extremely concerning.
An air ambulance is seen arriving near Camp Road in Wimbledon on Thursday morning following a serious collision at a school
Police officers cordon off Camp Road in Wimbledon after a Land Rover collided with a school building on Thursday
Multiple ambulances are seen on Camp Road in Wimbledon on Thursday morning
‘I’ve just spoken to the local police, they are in attendance as are both air and paramedics.
‘There are a number of casualties, I’m not clear how many. I know the area well, obviously. The area is really quite remote, but actually it’s a road that has quite a number of people that drive up and down it to the golf clubs.’
Mr Hammond said the road is ‘quite tight’ meaning people ‘have to stop and let each other past.’
He said it’s ‘right on the corner of the common’ next to the Wimbledon Common Golf Club.
He explained: ‘It’s on what we would call the quadrangle, Camp Road is part of the quadrangle with West View, North View as well. It’s basically about a mile outside Wimbledon Village.
‘The Study prep school is in two parts. The part that’s at Camp Road deals with children from reception usually up to the age of eight or nine. Nursery, eight or nine. And girls, young girls, as well.
‘Obviously very concerning to hear about this incident. It’s quite remote from the middle of Wimbledon. There’s a very good pub on the corner.
Wimbledon MP Stephen Hammond said the road is ‘quite tight’ meaning people ‘have to stop and let each other past.’
A major emergency response is underway in Wimbledon after a Land Rover crashed into a primary school this morning, leaving ‘several people hurt.’ (scene pictured)
Dozens of officers and emergency workers remain at the scene near Wimbledon Common
The London Air Ambulance told the BBC that emergency services have sent ‘a fair amount of resources to the scene’, including ‘response officers’ and a ‘hazardous area response unit’
A fire truck and an ambulance are seen near the scene of a ‘serious collision’ in Wimbledon
‘Surprising. For quite a tight road, because of the way it works at particular times of the day, it’s very busy, it becomes quite tight to past.’
Mr Hammond said he did not ‘want to speculate’ on how the accident happened because he ‘doesn’t know’.
He added: ‘But it’s quite a difficult road, because there’s usually parking, because it’s quite difficult to pass, you normally have to stop to let someone pass. So normally people don’t build up speed, it’s in a 20mph zone anyway.
‘If you’d said another road in Wimbledon, I could quite easily understand that some people would be going at the wrong speed, an illegal speed.
‘But this is a road where it’s really quite difficult to do that in as well. Doesn’t happen very often to my knowledge, partly because it’s a tight road, difficult to pass.’
The London Fire Brigade said: ‘We are currently supporting emergency services at an incident at a school in Wimbledon. We have two fire engines and two fire rescue units at the scene.’
Police, firefighters and tactical units were called to the scene of a ‘serious collision’ at The Study Prep school on Camp Road at just before 10am.
The Study Prep school (pictured) is an all girls institution which costs £16,000-a-year per student
London Fire Brigade said they had two fire trucks on the scene. Police said they were called at 9.54am to reports of a car colliding with a school building
The Metropolitan Police said: ‘Officers are responding to a serious collision at a primary school in Wimbledon.
‘We were called at 09:54hrs on Thursday, 6 July to reports that a car collided with a building at the school in Camp Road.
‘Officers remain at the scene along with paramedics from the London Ambulance Service and London’s Air Ambulance. Several people are being treated at the scene.’
The force said it would share further updates ‘when we can’.
More to follow…