AN 11-YEAR-OLD girl is in a serious condition in hospital after a third accident in Tranent in just over a week.

The latest incident took place yesterday (Thursday) afternoon at about 3.50pm near the town's Aldi supermarket, on Haddington Road.

The schoolgirl was hit by a BMW 120, which was travelling east.

The girl sustained a number of injuries and was taken to Edinburgh's Royal Hospital for Sick Children, where she remains in a serious condition, police said.

The crash took place barely a week after another schoolgirl was knocked down on the very same stretch of road, though she suffered only minor injuries, while an elderly man is in hospital after being hit by a cyclist in a separate incident on Saturday

Police said that enquiries into the full circumstances of the latest incident were ongoing - anyone with information is asked to come forward.

Sergeant Neil Inglis, from the Lothians and Scottish Borders Road Policing Unit, said: "The driver stopped as soon as the incident occurred and is continuing to assist with our investigation, but we are also keen to hear from other members of the public who witnessed what happened.

"If you were on Haddington Road on Thursday afternoon and believe you have information relevant to this inquiry then please contact police immediately."

Call the Lothians and Scottish Borders Road Policing Unit via 101 and quote incident number 2300 of January 25.

The latest incident comes after a 10-year-old girl received a "glancing blow" on the same street last Wednesday (January 18).

The youngster received treatment for a minor injury in hospital before police confirmed that no crime had been committed and no action would be taken against the driver of the car.

Meanwhile, a 79-year-old man was taken to hospital with a serious head injury after he was struck by a cyclist in the town on Saturday afternoon.

Police are appealing for witnesses to that incident, which took place on Bridge Street at about 3.30pm.

The cyclist, who stopped at the scene, is described as male, wearing a helmet and riding a black and reddish bicycle.