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Two young siblings hit by car return to school

HOME TIME: Ella, five, and Jack, seven, Thompson returned to school this week after they were struck by a car last month.
HOME TIME: Ella, five, and Jack, seven, Thompson returned to school this week after they were struck by a car last month. Amy Lyne

TWO young siblings who suffered critical head injuries after they were struck by a car last month have returned to school.

Jack, seven, and Ella, five, Thompson were hit on their way to St Stephen's School at Pittsworth on June 21 at the intersection of Murray and Yandilla Sts.

Both suffered critical head injuries and were airlifted the same day to Lady Cilento Children's Hospital in Brisbane.

But less than a month later the pair has been released from hospital and returned back to their school, along with their fellow students, on Monday.

St Stephen's School principal Janine Butlin said as a community they were very pleased that Ella and Jack were gradually returning to school.

"It is good to see them and be able to talk with them," Mrs Butlin said.

"Thank you to all who have extended their thoughts, prayers and support to the Thompson family and our school community."

Following the incident the local and wider communities rallied around the family who had already suffered tragedy earlier this year when Ian Thompson (Jack and Ella's father) was killed in a freak incident at Mungindi.

A Go Fund Me Page raised $16,550 for the family along with more funds which were donated to Ray White Rural Pittsworth.

The Forensic Crash Unit said the driver's view of the children might have been obstructed by bushes planted along the side of the road and the bushes were removed shortly after.

Topics:  pittsworth toowoomba



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