A ‘promising footballer’ has been injured ‘after being struck by a car’ while riding near Tesco Extra on Churchill Way.

Witnesses said that the 16-year-old had been knocked off his bike at the junction with the supermarket’s car park shortly before 6pm. Emergency services arrived quickly on the scene, with paramedics using a spinal board to take the injured teenager into an ambulance.

He is said to have sustained an open ankle fracture, and remained conscious following the incident.

The incident was first reported shortly before 6pm on April 26, with the road blocked as traffic stopped at the scene. Police and ambulances attended quickly, closing the A3093’s westbound carriageway towards Enham Arch roundabout, and directing traffic on the eastbound lane through the Tesco carpark.

At the scene, a white Nissan with a severely dented bonnet, and fractured windscreen, was stopped near the traffic lights at the entrance to Tesco. Lorries were also parked in the road, with witnesses saying they had stopped to shield the accident from traffic.

Paramedics treated the boy at the scene, before carefully lifting him onto a stretcher to be placed into an ambulance. The teenager was conscious at the time, and being spoken to by paramedics.

Once the 16-year-old was safely loaded into the ambulance, police began clearing the scene, removing a bike from the road and starting to move vehicles on. Meanwhile, friends of the boy attended the scene after hearing about the incident.

One described him as a "top footballer", saying: "He'll be most upset about his footballing, just worried about his leg."

"Hopefully, he'll be alright."

The promising footballer plays for Andover Town, friends said.

Around 7:15pm, the A3093 was cleared, as the ambulance departed to take the boy to hospital, while the White Nissan was loaded onto a recovery truck. The road fully reopened by 7:20pm.

This is the second time the A3093 has been closed in the space of a week, with the road closed following a crash on Enham Arch Roundabout which saw a car roll onto its side after hitting a lamppost. The occupants of the car received minor injuries.

South Central Ambulance Service said: "We received multiple 999 calls around 18:00 yesterday evening all reporting a collision between a car and a cyclist on Churchill Way, Andover.

"We sent two ambulances to the incident. The cyclist was a 16-year-old male who had sustained a serious leg injury as a result of the collision and following initial treatment at the scene, was then taken to the major trauma unit at University Hospital Southampton."

Hampshire Constabulary was contacted for comment.