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A 10-year-old child in Nanaimo was struck by two vehicles while riding their bicycle on a residential road.

At around 4:45 p.m. on Thursday, August 24th, Nanaimo RCMP received the report that the child was struck and responded to the scene near the intersection of Howard Avenue and Nova Street. 

Police say they determined the child was riding their bike down a steep driveway and entered the roadway where they were struck by the two motor vehicles. 

The first vehicle was headed southbound on Howard Street while the second vehicle was headed northbound on the same street. 

Police say both drivers stopped and remained at the scene to cooperate with officers. 

At this time Nanaimo RCMP do not believe speeding, drugs or alcohol to be factors in the incident. 

When officers arrived, firefighters were providing emergency first aid to the youth who was seriously injured. 

The child needed to be airlifted to a hospital in Victoria with “potentially life-threatening injuries,” according to Nanaimo RCMP.

Police closed traffic to the area for several hours following the collision to investigate while an RCMP Traffic Collision Analyst examined the scene and collected evidence.

The investigation remains open at this time and RCMP say at this time, there is no update on the condition of the youth.

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