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Newtownabbey crash: School pays tribute to 'adventurous wee boy' killed in horror smash

Published 27/12/2015

The fatal crash happened on the Old Carrick Road. Pic Matt Bohill Pacemaker
The fatal crash happened on the Old Carrick Road. Pic Matt Bohill Pacemaker

The school of the seven-year-old boy killed following a crash in Newtownabbey said he was an "adventurous wee boy" who was full of life and into everything.

Jackson Turner died in hospital following the three-car pile up on the Old Carrick Road on Saturday evening.

Seven people were injured in the crash involving two Nissan cars and a Citroen at around 6.30pm.

Jackson was a P4 pupil at Sunnylands Primary School in Carrickfergus and lived in the nearby Woodburn estate.

Principal, Gareth Hamilton described him as a great character who loved to be involved in everything.

He said he recently played one of the kings in the school's nativity.

"He was a typical wee boy always into adventure and full of life," said Mr Hamilton.

"If there was something going on, he wanted to be part of it.

"The school is a close-knit group of friends and family and this is a real tragedy.

"We are planning to meet with the family and will be doing all we can to help and support them.

"This is just devastating and something you just never expect

"This will affect us all."

Jackson's sister Ally and his grandmother were also injured in the crash which claimed the little boy's life.

The grandmother's injuries were described as serious while Ally was said to be not seriously hurt.

Jackson was following in his mother's footsteps by attending Sunnylands and would have walked in every morning holding hands with his sister, who Mr Hamilton said was in awe of her big brother.

"There are not many seven-year-olds that would do that," said the head teacher.

"She was so proud of her big brother, they were very close and this will be heartbreaking for her."

The PSNI said five people from the two other cars were also injured but none of them have been classed as life-threatening.

Officers in Newtownabbey are appealing for information about the collision and said they are keen to hear from anyone who saw the cars on the road, urging witnesses to contact them on the 101 number.

The road reopened after being closed for several hours.

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