Belfast Telegraph

Schoolgirl stable after Strabane car accident

By Brendan McDaid

A teenager was in hospital last night after she was struck by a car on a busy road.

She is believed to be a pupil at Holy Cross College on the Melmount Road, Strabane, where the accident occurred.

The Ambulance Service and police were alerted to the accident at around 3.40pm yesterday.

A spokesman said: “Ambulance personnel were on the scene within five minutes. A girl had been knocked down and she was taken to Altnagelvin Hospital.”

Staff at Altnagelvin last night said she was in a stable condition.

St Mary’s boys’ and girls’ primary schools and St Mary’s nursery are also located on the road.

Strabane SDLP councillor Patsy Kelly said there were around 2,000 students on the road daily.

“This must have been a terrifying experience for the child concerned and my thoughts are with them, their peers who witnessed the accident and the driver of the vehicle, all of whom must be very distressed at this time,” he said.

Mr Kelly added the accident highlighted the need for speed calming measures in the area.

He said: “I have called on Roads Service to urgently carry out a traffic assessment of the Melmount Road to reduce the risk of an incident like this ever happening again.

“There are also two nursing homes and elderly people frequently walking on the road. Traffic calming measures such as ramps are required to actively slow vehicles down.”

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