UPDATE at 5:30 PM | POLICE are this afternoon searching for the driver of a ute which mowed down a woman and seven primary-school aged children in Melbourne’s southeast.
The shocking scenes unfolded on the Princess Highway in Pakenham just after 3.30pm AEDT.
Victoria Police said the vehicle appeared to have been travelling east on the highway before it struck a traffic light and ploughed into eight pedestrians at Cardinia Road.
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Paramedics treated a woman aged in her 30s and seven young children – six girls and a boy – at the scene.
The woman was taken to the Alfred Hospital with chest injuries. She’s in a serious condition.
Of the six girls who were injured, one of them sustained abdominal and leg injuries and was taken to the Royal Children’s Hospital in a stable condition.
Of the remaining five, three were taken to Dandenong Hospital and two were taken to the Monash Medical Centre, all with cuts and grazes.
The young boy was treated by paramedics at the scene and did not require transport to hospital.
Shockingly, Victoria Police said the driver of the ute which struck the group abandoned his vehicle and ran off.
He has been described as being Pacific Islander/Maori in appearance and aged in his mid-20s with a solid build and “black afro style hair”.
He was last seen running west on Princes Highway in a dark blue t-shirt and long black pants.
Police are appealing for any witnesses to the collision to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
FIRST at 3:30 PM | EIGHT people, including seven children, have been hit by a car in Melbourne’s far southeast.
Ambulance Victoria said an adult and seven children were struck at the intersection of Cardinia Road and the Princess Highway at Pakenham just after 3.30pm.
The victims have various injuries, including “cuts, grazes and bruising”, Ambulance Victoria said.
No further information was available at the time of writing.
MORE TO COME.