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Boy (8) critical after farm accident on Old Frosses Road near Cloughmills

Published 26/10/2015

Boy (8) is in a critical condition in the Royal Victoria Hospital
Boy (8) is in a critical condition in the Royal Victoria Hospital

An eight-year-old boy is in a critical condition after a farm accident on Old Frosses Road near Cloughmills, in north Antrim.

It is understood the boy fell from a tractor on Monday morning.

He was transferred from Antrim Area Hospital to the Royal Victoria in Belfast.

North Antrim DUP MLA Mervyn Storey, who knows the family, expressed shock at the news.

Mr Storey said: "The news of this accident has stunned the local community in the Cloughmills area. Many schools have just started their half-term holidays and this highlights the dangers that can exist around a working farm.

"My thoughts are with family at this time and I join with many others in praying that the young boy will recover from the injuries he has suffered."

Local MP Ian Paisley said: "I am shocked to learn about this accident and my thoughts and prayers are with the family circle at this very worrying time. Farming is very much a family occupation and I hope that the young boy will soon be able to return home to the farm."

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