Boy, 14, is airlifted to hospital after a TREE falls on him at school

Boy, 14, fights for his life in hospital after a tree fell as he walked to school in north Wales

  • Boy was on path on way into school in Colwyn Bay, North Wales, at 8.50am
  • But the 14-year-old was hit by a falling tree outside Ysgol Bryn Elian school
  • Fire services used cutting equipment to free him after he became trapped  
  • Boy airlifted 50 miles by air ambulance to Alder Hey Hospital in Liverpool

A 14-year-old boy was fighting for his life today after a tree fell on him at his school.

The youngster was on a path on his way into Ysgol Bryn Elian school in Colwyn Bay, North Wales, at 8.50am today when he was hit by the falling tree.

Fire services used cutting equipment to free him after he became trapped under a branch of the tree, which is feared to have been weakened by recent storms.

Fire and ambulance crews on the scene this morning after a 14-year-old boy was hit by a tree branch on a path on his way into Ysgol Bryn Elian school in Colwyn Bay, North Wales

Staff at Ysgol Bryn Elian, which has 820 pupils aged 11 to 18, closed the entrance where the incident happened and called for parents to use the main gates this morning

The boy was airlifted 50 miles by Wales Air Ambulance to Alder Hey Hospital in Liverpool for emergency treatment to his crush injuries.

Staff at Ysgol Bryn Elian, which has 820 pupils aged 11 to 18, closed the entrance where the incident happened and called for parents to use the main gates.

A school spokesman said: ‘We can confirm that an incident has taken place this morning at Ysgol Bryn Elian involving one pupil. 

‘The fire service, police, ambulance and air ambulance were all in attendance. The school remain in contact with the pupil’s family.’  

The fire service, police, ambulance and air ambulance were all in attendance this morning

North Wales Police Chief Inspector Owain Llewelyn said: ‘Our thoughts are first and foremost with the young boy and his family.

‘We are working with the Health and Safety Executive to establish the full circumstances and we are grateful to all those who responded so quickly to help.’

A Welsh Ambulance Service spokesman said: ‘We were called at approximately 8:50am this morning to reports that a tree had fallen on a male in Colwyn Bay.

‘We sent one emergency ambulance, one paramedic in a rapid response vehicle, one advanced paramedic practitioner in a rapid response vehicle and crews were supported by Wales Air Ambulance. The patient was airlifted to Alder Hey Hospital.’

The school confirmed that an ‘incident has taken place this morning… involving one pupil’

A Conwy County Borough Council spokesman said: ‘Conwy Education Service has been informed, and is offering support to the school.’ 

And a North Wales Police spokesman said: ‘A teenage boy was taken to Alder Hey Hospital by air ambulance with serious injuries after being hit by a falling branch from a tree on a footpath at 9am today as he made his way to school.’

The school says in its prospectus that its ‘beautiful coastal location provides a quiet and attractive setting for the students to enjoy the full range of our amenities’.

It was rated ‘good’ in its most recent inspection in 2015 by schools watchdog Estyne.

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