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Boy (8) dies after family horror crash in Cloughmills: Mother had 'warned of danger on roads'

Mother had warned of severe dangers on road, says MLA

By John Mulgrew

An eight-year-old boy has died after he was struck by a car alongside his mother and siblings in a horror crash in Co Antrim this morning.

Adam Gilmour died after a car crashed into him and his family as they walked to get a school bus.

His mother, and four of his siblings, were also involved in the road crash at Loughill Road in Cloughmills.

The boy's mother is in a stable condition in the Causeway Hospital. Two of his siblings have been discharged from hospital while one remains in Antrim Area Hospital in a stable condition.

Another was transferred from Antrim Area Hospital to the Royal Victoria Hospital in Belfast and is also in a stable condition.

One child was not injured and is being looked after by a relative.

TUV leader Jim Allister has claimed he was contacted by the woman, after she warned about dangers on the road.

He said the woman had not been accepted for a school bus, closer to her family home.

Mr Allister said she warned her children would be "wiped out" on the road.

Neighbours said she brought the children to the centre of the village every day for onward transport to schools.

Police have said an 18-year-old man has been arrested following the incident.

PSNI chief inspector Stephen McCauley said: The child was with his mother and siblings en route to school when the collision happened at around 8:35am. He sadly passed away later in hospital.

“Adam, his mother and five siblings were making their way to school this morning when the collision happened. His mother, along with four of his siblings, are currently receiving treatment in hospital at present for a range of injuries, some of which are serious. One child was not injured and is being looked after by a relative.

"It is too early to comment on the circumstances pertaining to this particular collision. However, I am clear about the principal causes of the most serious road traffic collisions on our roads. Inattention, speed, or more accurately, excessive speed for the conditions and drink or drug driving, all lead to deaths on our roads."

DUP councillor John Finlay said it was a "horrific tragedy".

"It's a terrible thing, and my thoughts are with the families," he said.

Ulster Unionist Party MLA Robin Swann said entire community was "in shock".

"My thoughts and prayers are with all those involved," he said.

Sinn Fein councillor Philip McGuigan said it was a "terrible tragedy" for Cloughmills.

“I can say that this feeling is only amplified by the fact that it was young children walking to school with their mother who were at the centre of this accident.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and their wider circle at this time.” 

A police helicopter flew in tight circles overhead and boiler-suited forensics experts hunted for evidence.

Local residents said the children and their mother walked regularly along the road on the way to school.

One neighbour said the youngsters ranged in age from toddlers to teenagers.

"They were lovely wee children, terribly good-looking and well-dressed and well provided for," she said.

She added that the road had no footpath or lights.

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