A girl aged 12 has been taken to the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital in Glasgow following a road traffic collision near Auchenharvie Academy.

The Herald contacted the police and ambulance services after hearing reports that someone had been struck by a vehicle near the Stevenston school.

Police confirmed this evening a 12-year-old girl was injured

Emergency services previously confirmed she was taken to hospital after three ambulance vehicles attended the scene.

Sergeant Gordon Stewart of the Road Policing Unit at Irvine said: “At around 12.40pm on Friday, September 23, police were called to a report of a crash involving a car and a pedestrian on Saltcoats Road, Stevenston.

“Officers attended and a 12-year-old girl was taken to the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital.”

"Police enquiries are continuing and any witnesses or any drivers with dash-cam footage are asked to contact us.

"Anyone with information that may assist should contact 101 with reference 1423 of 23 September.”

A Scottish Ambulance Service spokesperson has said: “We received a call at 12.35pm this afternoon (September 23) to attend a road traffic collision on Saltcoats Road, Stevenston.

"We dispatched three crews to the scene, and a female patient was transported to the QEUH.”

Eyewitness reports suggest that Saltcoats Road was closed for a period of time following the incident, with vehicles being turned away from both directions.

There has been no confirmation from emergency services or Auchenharvie Academy, at present, whether any pupil from the school was involved in the incident.

However, the school's parent council posted on social media: "Given the sad news of a child being knocked down outside the school and the road is shut and no buses. Most buses [are being] diverted to High Road.

"Does anyone know of kids who may need a lift? Let us know."

Parents at the school also received communication from the school about the incident, due to the road closure outside its entrance.

This read: "Due to an incident outside the main school gate today the entrance to Auchenharvie Academy will be closed at the end of the day.

"Pupils will be asked to go to the Leisure Centre to be picked up. Apologies for any inconvenience."

Police Scotland have been contacted for comment.