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The incident scene. PIC: Kent_999s
The incident scene. PIC: Kent_999s
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Investigations are continuing into a ‘tragic’ road accident in which a seven-year-old Leeds boy died.

Four members of the youngster’s family – all from Leeds– were seriously injured when their car collided with a lorry.

The youngster, who has not been named, was pronounced dead at the scene of the incident on the A20 in Saltwood, Kent.

Two other young children and their parents were airlifted to hospitals in London with serious injuries after the family’s grey Kia Soul collided with a black DAF lorry. It is believed the family were on their way back to Leeds when the accident happened.

Emergency services were called to the scene of the collision near Hythe on Friday at around 9.30am.

Police say some witnesses have now come forward with information.

Investigating officer, PC Dawn Smith of Kent Police’s serious collision investigation unit, said: “This was clearly a tragic incident and we continue to work to ensure we have the full picture of the circumstances that led to the collision. I would urge any witnesses who have not already spoken with police to contact us as soon as possible.

“I am also keen to get in contact with a female driver of a blue vehicle who stopped at the scene to assist with traffic control. I would like to ask that person to get in contact to help with my enquiries.”

YEP readers paid tribute to the youngster on social media websites.

Kevin Ashworth said: “Awful news thinking of the poor family and wishing the others a speedy recovery.”

Steven Batty added: “Tragic. So sad when a very young life is lost.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact Kent Police’s serious collision investigation unit on 01622 798538 quoting reference 29-0349.

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