AN EIGHT-YEAR-OLD boy was seriously injured after being hit by a Tesla in a school car park while parents collected their children from a summer holiday camp.

The boy was airlifted to St George’s Hospital in London in a critical condition after being hit by the electric car during pick-up time.

He was reportedly trapped underneath the car during the incident in Ardingly College’s carpark, it is understood his injuries are serious but not life threatening.

Five more children and one adult were also injured in the crash at about 4.30pm on Monday afternoon

The other six people were taken to local hospitals by ambulance, with three being treated for potentially serious injuries.

While the driver of the blue Tesla, a 47-year-old woman, was uninjured in the collision.

One villager, who did not want to be named, told The Argus: “Somebody told us there was a parents meeting and then someone’s car went out of control in the car park.”

Here's everything we know about the incident so far

The incident happened on the north quad carpark within Ardingly College’s grounds.

Police and ambulance services rushed to the scene shortly after 4.30pm.

Southeast Coast Ambulance Service (Secamb) said a "number" of ambulances were on the scene.

Pictures show several emergency service vehicles at the school grounds.

College Road was blocked off while emergency services worked.


Sussex Police appealing for information as part of investigation

Sussex Police are now looking into the cause of the collision and are asking people “not to speculate.”

Superintendent James Collins said: “I’d like to thank our emergency services partners and members of the public who assisted at the scene. Our thoughts are with those there yesterday and their families.

“The cause of the collision will form part of our investigation, and we ask people not to speculate at this time.

“Thank you to those that have already given details. Anyone else who saw what happened or who has any other information, including any relevant dash cam or mobile phone footage, is asked to please get in touch.”


Anyone with information can get in contact with the police online or by calling 101 and quoting Operation Replica.

Has the school said anything about the incident?

The front passenger side of the Tesla - worth an estimated £40,000 - was dented in the collision.

The vehicle, thought to be a 21 plate Model 3, was removed on the back of a lorry just before 8pm.

The Argus:

Ben Figgis, headteacher at Ardingly College, said: “This was a serious incident that caused considerable shock to the children, parents and staff involved.

“We are keeping in mind particularly the children who were injured and their families.

“Paramedics at the scene reported that none of the injuries are life-threatening, and of course we are staying in touch with the relevant families."

MP’s 'thoughts are with all those affected'

Ardingly village was quiet today in the aftermath of yesterday's events.

One local woman said she did not know much about what happened, but remembered hearing helicopters flying around the area the previous evening.

Horsham MP, Jeremy Quin said his thoughts were with the people affected by the crash.

He said: “I was deeply concerned to hear of the incident at the College and the injuries sustained.

“It must have been deeply shocking for all involved. Our thoughts are with all those affected.”

Ardingly College is a prestigious public school for boys and girls aged between 13-18.

The school website advertises holiday camps for younger children, where they can "enjoy a range of stimulating, fun and exciting activities".