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Boy (4) among those lucky to avoid serious injury in spate of crashes in Northern Ireland

By staff reporters

A four-year-old boy had a lucky escape after he managed to get out of an overturned car following an accident near Portrush.

It happened on the Ballybogey Road about four miles from the seaside town shortly after 2pm yesterday.

When emergency services arrived they found the little boy outside the vehicle and a man trapped inside.

The Fire and Rescue Service cut the man free and both he and the child were taken to the Causeway Hospital in Coleraine.

It is understood that neither was badly injured.

Meanwhile, the Antrim Road in Glengormley was closed in both directions between O'Neill's Road and Church Road last night after a two-vehicle collision which left a man trapped in the wreckage.

An Ambulance Service spokesman said a rapid response paramedic and two accident and emergency crews rushed to the scene. The rescue operation was still ongoing last night.

Earlier, police said that children could have been killed after a suspected drink-driver crashed a car at a pedestrian crossing near a primary school in Lurgan's Francis Street.

The PSNI commented that if the accident had occurred on a weekday, there would likely be "school children lying dead on our roads".

An officer, writing on the PSNI Craigavon Facebook page, said: "This is what drink driving looks like.

"The only upside to this is that it happened on a Sunday morning and not a weekday.

"The driver is now en route to custody with no one else injured, but if it had been the same time tomorrow, it would now almost certainly be the scene of a fatal, with school children lying dead on our roads."

The driver was arrested on suspicion of vehicle theft, driving with excess alcohol and driving with no insurance or MoT.

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