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Boy (14) left fighting for his life after being struck by car

By Allan Preston

A Co Antrim schoolboy airlifted to hospital after being hit by a car in Newtownabbey yesterday was in a critical condition last night.

The boy, aged 14, was struck by a silver Audi at around 5pm at the busy junction of Portland Avenue and Ballyclare Road in Glengormley.

The female driver has been spoken to by police and is assisting officers with their enquiries.

John McPoland from the Northern Ireland Ambulance Service said two rapid response paramedics attended the scene along with two A&E crews and a doctor.

Following treatment at the scene the boy was transported by the Northern Ireland air ambulance in a serious condition to the Royal Victoria Hospital.

A spokesman for the Belfast Health Trust said the boy was in surgery for a number of hours before being taken to the intensive care unit.

SDLP councillor for Glengormley Noreen McClelland said her thoughts were with the boy's parents and school friends.

"I'm just dumbfounded, people in Glengormley are still reeling and so distressed from Ryan Busa's death on Sunday," she said.

The 10-year-old Ashgrove Primary pupil died after it's believed he was mauled to death by his family's German Shepherd dog.

"This is now the second incident here and I know people are just going to be heartbroken if anything happens to this wee boy," she added.

"All our thoughts and prayers are with the family at this sad and very difficult time."

Police continued to divert traffic late last night as the crash scene was preserved.

Alliance councillor John Blair said the accident had shocked local residents: "Our wishes and thoughts are with the family of this boy.

"This is a busy area of traffic, but for that reason the traffic would usually move very slowly."

Mr Blair added: "There's a yellow box on the road close to where it happened. It will be a major shock for local people and local traders who have their businesses there as well."

Officers would ask anyone who witnessed the collision to contact them at Newtownabbey on 101 quoting reference number 1048 18/10/17.

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