Two girls in critical condition as seven pupils hit by car outside school
Five children have been hit by a car in south Liverpool leaving a number of them with serious injuries.
The casualties are all girls aged between 11 and 13 years old.
Merseyside Police said that police officers, firefighters and paramedics are currently at the scene.
The incident happened on Belvidere Road near Princes Park at around 3.20pm.
A passerby described seeing a collision involving a yellow Peugeot car and a number of pedestrians.
The driver of the Peugeot - a woman aged in her 80s - is also being treated at the scene.
Police said that some of the children received minor injuries and all their parents have been informed.
Merseyside Police said: ''Police have closed the following roads and would advise motorists to avoid the area where possible as the roads will remain closed until investigation work can be carried out: Belvidere Road, junction of Devonshire Road and Admiral Street, junction of Princess Gate and South Street.''
Parents are advised to visit Belvedere Academy website for information about collecting their children from school.
A statement on The Belvedere Academy's school website read: ''Road traffic incident: Unfortunately there has been a road traffic accident outside the academy. School bus service will be significantly delayed.''
The school on Belvidere Road, Princes Park, is an independent girls' secondary school for 11 to 19-year-old students.
A spokeswoman for North West Ambulance Service (NWAS) said eight people were treated at the scene outside The Belvedere Academy.
A spokeswoman for the school said: ''There is no comment at the moment.''
The mayor of Liverpool Joe Anderson tweeted: ''Let's hope and pray for the five children hurt in the car accident outside Belvedere school. Our thoughts are with them and their families.''
In an updated statement, Merseyside Police said: ''None of the injured children are believed to be in a life-threatening condition in hospital.
''Further updates regarding each child's condition will be issued shortly.''
In a statement on the academy's website, principal Peter Kennedy said: "Unfortunately there was a serious accident outside the academy at approximately 3.20pm this afternoon.
"Six of our students sustained injuries, some quite serious but not life-threatening. The emergency services were on the scene very quickly and dealt efficiently with the situation.
"All of the injured students have been taken to hospital where they are being treated. We will keep you updated as and when we receive further information."
Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service said firefighters helped give first aid to five girls, aged between 11 and 13, at the scene before they were taken to Alder Hey.
Fire engines from Liverpool Community Fire Station and Toxteth Community Fire Station attended, as did members of the search and rescue team.
Station manager Alan Fletcher said: "'Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service attended this serious incident this afternoon and assisted five young casualties at the scene.
"Crews worked closely with North West Ambulance Service, Merseyside Police, staff from the school nearby and passers-by to provide first aid and support until the girls were transferred to Alder Hey Hospital for further treatment."