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- 11-year-old Newport boy hit by car
- SDR closed
- Gridlock on key Newport road
AN 11-YEAR-OLD boy who was seriously injured after being hit by a car on Newport's Southern Distributor Road is now out of danger.
The boy, from Newport, suffered a head injury while crossing the SDR and was in a critical condition for several hours at the Royal Gwent Hospital.
His injuries are now deemed to be non-life threatening, Gwent Police confirmed.
At 9pm Gwent Police confirmed that the boy was being transferred to the University Hospital of Wales in Cardiff for specialist care and further checks.
Traffic is now easing on the SDR as all lanes are open and the accident site has now been cleared.
TRAFFIC delays of around 15 minutes can be expected on the westbound carriageway of the SDR in Lliswerry.
A 100-metre stretch of the westbound carriageway is closed but the eastbound carriageway is open.
Police are siphoning traffic up a sliproad leading to Corporation Road.
Slow traffic and traffic heavier than normal on A4042 Heidenheim Drive both ways between A4042 Kingsway / B4591 Newport Bridge / B4591 Queensway (Old Green Interchange) and A4051 Shaftesbury Street / A4042 / B4591 / Evans Street / Lyne Road.
The car involved in the SDR crash this afternoon
GWENT police said the boy hit by a car this afternoon is 11-years-old, from Newport and is being treated for a head injury. They confirmed he is in a critical condition.
The boy was hit by a grey Fiat Stilo car.
They confirmed they were called at at 3.20pm.
The road is closed in both directions at the Nash Road roundabout. Diversions are in place, although motorists are advised to avoid the area.
Officers are appealing for any witnesses to the incident to call 101.
The boy is in a critical condition in the Royal Gwent Hospital in Newport.
Police at the scene outside Morrisons superstore near the SDR:
Scene of SDR crash involving a boy 'in his early teens':
A shocked eye witness told the Argus he was driving past when he saw the boy face down in the road.
The driver, who didn’t want to be named, said he was going to drop his friend off at work when he came across the accident around 3.20pm.
He said the boy was lying still and face down in the road and had been covered by a sheet.
He said around 20 other children were gathered nearby and an ambulance had just been called.
The boy is reported to be 'in his early teens' and has been taken to the Royal Gwent Hospital in Newport.
Police cars at the scene on the SDR in Newport:
Traffic backed up on the SDR after this afternoon's accident:
Argus reader Luke sent in this picture of the scene on the SDR this afternoon:
THE SDR is closed in both directions this afternoon after a boy was hit by a vehicle.
Gwent Police said that the incident involved one boy and a vehicle.
Traffic is at a standstill and drivers are reported to be doing U turns.
The accident happened near the new Morrisons and the Lysaghts Institute.
A diversion between Morrisons and J24 at the Coldra is in place.
Ambulance and police are at the scene and the ambulance service confirmed they were called at 3.21pm.