A 14-year-old boy cyclist has been airlifted to hospital after being trapped under a bus in a notorious Southend crossing.

He has been flown to the Royal London hospital with serious head injuries.

Two ambulances, police, the air ambulance, and fire crews were scrambled to the shared space in Victoria Circus, next to Victoria Train Station.

Crews found the boy trapped under a bus and fire crews had to use airbags to release him. It is understood he was concious and breathing when he was released.

Police have advised drivers to avoid the area following the accident at 3.45pm.

The shared space area, which can be used by both pedestrians and vehicles, has come under fire with campaigners claiming it is a safety risk after some high-profile accidents there.

Despite this criticism, accident numbers have actually gone down in the area since it was revamped in 2011.


  • POLICE officers are appealing for witnesses following the collision. 

The 14-year-old, who lives in Southend, suffered head injuries and is being treated at Addenbrookes Hospital in Cambridge where he is described as being in a serious but not life threatening condition.

The collision happened just before 3.45pm on Monday, November 18, outside Southend Victoria railway station in Victoria Avenue. The teenager was involved in a collision with a bus. He was trapped underneath the vehicle and was rescued by the emergency services that were at the scene.

The road was closed whilst emergency services dealt with the incident and forensic examinations were carried out. It reopened just before 8.30pm. The police have thanked motorists for their patience whilst the work was carried out.

Any witnesses are asked to contact PC Simon Newman at Laindon Response and Patrol Unit via Essex Police 101 quoting incident 656 of November 17.