A child was hurt after a stone crashed through the windscreen of a car travelling on the motorway.

A four-year-old girl had to be taken to Worcestershire Royal Hospital with a facial injury and bruising after a "serious" incident on the M5.

The girl had been travelling in a blue BMW 3 series at around 4.10pm on Sunday, October 23, when a stone shattered the passenger window and struck her in the face.

It is understood that large pieces of stone had fallen onto the carriageway from a vehicle before one of the pieces got thrown up into the air by another vehicle.

The incident happened around one mile before junction eight (Stensham Interchange) on the northbound carriageway.

Now, Gloucestershire Constabulary is looking to speak with anyone who witnessed the incident.

PC John Baldwin from the Roads Policing Unit said: “We are interested in hearing from any motorists who were travelling northbound on the M5 towards junction eight at around 4pm on that Sunday who may have seen the stone debris falling off a vehicle.

"We are also keen to hear from anyone who may have dashcam footage of the incident.”

West Midlands Ambulance Service also attended the incident, treating the four-year-old girl before taking her to the hospital.

An ambulance, a paramedic officer and the Worcestershire Midlands Air Ambulance critical care car were all sent to the scene. 

A WMAS spokesperson said: "A four-year-old girl has been taken to hospital after a stone went through the window of the car she was travelling in a struck her face. 

"The incident happened just before 4pm on Sunday on the M5 around a mile before junction eight on the northbound carriageway. 

"The child was assessed and treated at the scene before being taken to Worcestershire Royal Hospital by ambulance."

Anyone with information is urged to contact Gloucestershire police via their website and quote incident number 312 of October 23.