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Boy (11) fighting for his life after Fermanagh crash


Ambulance crews are under greater pressure

Ambulance crews are under greater pressure

Ambulance crews are under greater pressure

An 11-year-old boy was last night fighting for his life after a car crash on the shores of Lower Lough Erne.

The accident happened at lunchtime yesterday on the Lough Shore Road - the main road between Enniskillen and Belleek - when a blue Audi A3 car was in collision with a white Peugeot van.

The boy was a passenger in the car, which was being driven by a 23-year-old man. The van was being driven by a 47-year-old man.

A spokesman from the Ambulance Service said it received a call to attend the accident just before 1pm and arrived at the scene nine minutes later. The child was taken to the South West Acute Hospital in Enniskillen.

He was later transferred to the Royal Belfast Hospital for Sick Children where his condition was last night described as critical.

A PSNI spokeswoman said the two men were also hurt in the crash but their injuries were not believed to be life-threatening.

UUP Erne West councillor Alex Baird said: "I am saddened to hear there has been a serious injury as a result of an accident, particularly as it involves a young child.

"There is at least one household in Northern Ireland that is facing tragedy and my thoughts and prayers go out to the family or families that have been affected by this accident.

"I only hope that everything works out OK."

Police have appealed for information about the crash.

Belfast Telegraph

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