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Co Down car crash toddler (2) is left fighting for her life

By Claire Williamson

A toddler is in a critical condition in hospital following a road crash in Co Down – one of two very young children involved in collisions yesterday.

The first two-vehicle collision was between a transit van and a car, and happened on the Rubane Road in Kircubbin at around 8.15am.

The two-year-old girl, who was in a Volvo car, was taken to the Ulster Hospital and later transferred to the Royal Victoria Hospital where she has been treated in intensive care.

Meanwhile in west Belfast, a woman and a child, who is believed to be aged three or four, were taken to hospital following a crash involving a stolen car.

The two-vehicle collision happened last night on the Falls Road. Police then closed the road between its junction with Whiterock Road and Glen Road due to a suspicious vehicle.

The woman and child were taken to hospital for treatment to injuries not believed to be life-threatening.

The occupants of the other car ran away. Police said the car had been stolen earlier in the Whiterock area and they were treating it as suspicious.

Sinn Fein MP Paul Maskey said: "My thoughts and prayers are with those who had to be taken to hospital. To me this looks like, whether it was a stolen car or not, a piece of reckless driving.

"There has been severe damage done to the car where it has knocked down a tree and caging around a tree.

"It's been going at some speed by the look of things and I just hope that w hoever was driving the car comes forward as a matter of urgency so this can be cleared up very, very soon."

After the earlier crash in Kircubbin, a man in his 30s, believed to be the van driver, and the female driver of the Volvo, also in her 30s, were treated in hospital for non-life-threatening injuries.

Three ambulance crews were sent to the scene and took three people to the Ulster Hospital.

Alliance councillor Kellie Armstrong said it was a bad stretch of road and encouraged people to take care.

"I have been encouraging people through social media to be careful around the roads, unfortunately this is another accident that has happened and resulted in the injury of a child this time. We have had a motorcyclist killed and in my own family we have lost a very dear young woman.

"All we would ask is that everyone joins us and says their prayers that the child and all involved pull through and are OK."

Strangford MP Jim Shannon said the roads in the area had "unfortunately brought much grief to many families" in the past two weeks.

Shannon Reid (18) died earlier this month when two cars collided on the Portaferry Road.

"Everyone's thoughts are with the families of all of those concerned at this time, in particular for the mother and family of the young child who even now fights for her life," he said.

"Every one of us is greatly touched by what has happened over the past two weeks and in particular what has happened now."

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