A 12-year-old boy has been left in a critical condition after being hit by a car in Manchester today.

The incident occurred in Barlow Moor Road, Chorlton, just after 3.45pm, with the child rushed to hospital, the ambulance service has confirmed.

An air ambulance was earlier called to the scene, with the road closed off in both directions by police between Mauldeth Road West and High Lane.

Bus diversions remain in place with heavy delays of up to 70 minutes in the area, reports the Manchester Evening News.

A Northwest Ambulance Service spokesperson said: "An ambulance has taken a 12-year-old boy to hospital in a critically ill condition.

"It follows an RTC involving a car and pedestrian on Barlow Moor Road, Chorlton-Cum-Hardy.

"We received a 999 call at 15.48.

"An air ambulance, advanced paramedic, and three rapid response vehicle also responded to the incident."

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An air ambulance responding to a crash on Barlow Moor Road
An air ambulance was called to the scene following the crash

In a tweet, Transport for Greater Manchester said: "Barlow Moor Rd - Chorlton is CLOSED in both directions between Mauldeth Rd W and High Ln.

"This is due to a Police Incident.

"Please follow @Stagecoach for diversion information. #TfGMTraffic."

Photos from the scene show a cordon with police vehicles nearby, as well as an air ambulance flying overhead.

The Mirror has contacted Greater Manchester Police for comment.