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TUV leader Jim Allister

TUV leader Jim Allister

TUV leader Jim Allister

Siblings of an eight-year-old boy knocked down and killed while walking along a country road to get a school bus will now be able to be picked up from their home.

Adam Gilmour's mother Sarah had urged the education authorities to collect her six children from their doorstep just weeks before the crash happened on the outskirts of the village of Cloughmills, Co Antrim, earlier this month.

In a tragically prophetic warning, Ms Gilmour had expressed fears that such an incident might occur if she and her children had to continue walking along the road every morning to meet the bus.

Traditional Unionist Voice leader Jim Allister had also lobbied the North Eastern Education and Library Board to divert the bus to the Gilmour house.

It is understood an offer to collect the children from home has now been made by the board.

Mr Allister said: "Following weeks of representations and the tragic death of young Adam Gilmour, I have now been advised by the NEELB that finally they have agreed to have the Gilmour children picked up at their Loughill Road home, if and when they can face returning to that address."

The 18-year-old driver of the car involved in the crash that killed Adam was arrested and later released on police bail.

TUV leader and North Antrim MLA Jim Allister has spoken of the "devastation" of the Gilmour family who lost a child in the Cloughmills road tragedy in Co Antrim Credit: Belfast Telegraph

The schoolboy's mother and one of his brothers required hospital treatment after the early-morning collision.

A spokeswoman for the NEELB said board members were appraised of the actions of staff prior to, and in response to, Adam's death at a meeting yesterday.

She said the offer to provide transport from the home was an "interim" measure pending the outcome of the PSNI investigation into the crash.

The funeral of Adam Gilmour, the schoolboy killed in a crash in Co Antrim, has been held. Mourners at the funeral of an eight-year-old boy who was killed after his family was knocked down by a car have heard that he was "a character". Adam Gilmour was walking to meet a school bus with his mother and siblings when the accident happened near Cloughmills on Tuesday. Adam's sister Chloe read tributes and described how her brother loved the colour red, the football team Chelsea and wanted to be a farmer. She said he was her "best friend". Credit: Belfast Telegraph

"We express our sincerest condolences to the family on the loss of Adam and we wish Adam's family members a speedy recovery from their injuries," said the board spokeswoman.

"While the board awaits the outcome of the PSNI investigation into the case, interim transport arrangements are in place for the family. The board remains committed to assisting the family as best we can."