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Viridor crash leaves toddler critical

A toddler who was hit by a Viridor refuse truck on Friday afternoon (27 August) is still in a critical condition.

Two-year-old Thomas Wilshaw was in his pram when the truck crashed into him. He has suffered severe head injuries from the incident, which took place in Oldham, Manchester. Thomas was taken to Royal Oldham Hospital and later transferred to Manchester Children’s Hospital. He is in intensive care having undergone surgery.

A statement on Viridor’s website posted the day of the collision said: “The incident is being dealt with by local police. The child has been taken to hospital. We have no further details at this stage.

“Our thoughts are with those involved and with their families. Viridor will of course conduct a full investigation and will co-operate fully with the relevant authorities.”

Thomas’s parents, Laura Wood and Ben Wilshaw, have thanked friends and members of the public for their support and asked for privacy.

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