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The smiling 19-month-old tot killed in tragic road accident

By Adrian Rutherford

This captivating little toddler is the latest victim of the carnage on Northern Ireland’s roads.

Smiling tot Ryan Cox, who was aged just 19 months, died after a two-vehicle collision in Fermanagh.

His mother Catriona was also seriously injured along with the driver of the other vehicle, who is understood to be from Co Sligo.

The crash, involving a Renault Megane and a Peugeot 307, happened on the Boa Island Road near Kesh at 3.50pm on Monday.

Local councillor Stephen Huggett, who chairs the Policing and Community Safety Partnership, said his thoughts and prayers were with the family.

“It is a terrible tragedy for our community,” he said.

“Road safety is something which we have to put our mind to even more.

“There are too many accidents on our roads and this is another reminder for people to take extra care.”

DUP councillor Bert Johnston said he was greatly saddened by the tragedy.

“This is very sad news, especially with the loss of a young life,” he said.

“It is a terrible tragedy and my thoughts go out to the family.

“Losing a child is very hard to come to terms with, especially in tragic circumstances such as these.”

The Boa Island Road was closed following the crash but reopened yesterday afternoon. Police have appealed for witnesses to contact them.

The accident took place close to the scene of another fatal crash just across the border on Monday.

Lithuanian driver Pranas Asmonas was killed after his lorry left the road in Co Donegal, close to Pettigo at the border with |Fermanagh.

The 38-year-old victim, from Castleblayney, Co Monaghan, was pronounced dead by the emergency services at the scene.

The articulated lorry left the road during the crash which took place just after noon.

The father-of-two, who worked for a haulage firm in Co |Monaghan, was returning to Dublin from Killybegs in Donegal where he had collected a load of frozen fish.

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