Local police have launched an investigation into the incident, confirming that a 12-year-old boy was killed. Earlier, the Essex Live media outlet reported, citing witnesses that "multiple children" have been hit by a car outside Debden Park High School in Loughton.
We have launched a murder investigation following a fatal collision in #Loughton earlier today, Monday 2 December.— Essex Police (@EssexPoliceUK) 2 December 2019
A 12-year-old boy has sadly died.
Anyone with information is asked to call us on 101 and quote incident number 726 of Monday 2 December. https://t.co/3rbpyRaidr
The road has been closed in both directions and access is restricted from both sides of Debden Park High School, local media reported.
Emergency services and police have promptly arrived at the scene, but the nature of the incident remains unknown at this stage.
We remain at the scene of this collision in #Loughton and the picture is fast moving. We would urge people not to speculate on the circumstances or people involved. We must make sure our updates are accurate.— Essex Police (@EssexPoliceUK) December 2, 2019
In the meantime any witnesses please follow the request below. https://t.co/jSmj0Pywja
We are currently at the scene of a serious collision on Willingale Road, #Loughton.— Essex Police (@EssexPoliceUK) December 2, 2019
The road cannot be accessed from junctions on either side of Debden Park High School.
Closure runs between Rookwood Ave and Audley Gardens.
Please avoid the area where possible. pic.twitter.com/ZRPPlJGtH4
The Daily Mirror’s chief reporter Andy Lines has posted a video of a police car at the scene in Loughton, adding that a massive law enforcement presence is at the site.