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Limavady community in shock after boy knocked off bike airlifted to hospital

Scene of a crash involving a young boy who was knocked off his bicycle by a vehicle in Limavady, on Monday afternoon. The boy was airlifted to hospital. Picture Margaret McLaughlin 8-4-2019
Scene of a crash involving a young boy who was knocked off his bicycle by a vehicle in Limavady, on Monday afternoon. The boy was airlifted to hospital. Picture Margaret McLaughlin 8-4-2019
Jonathan Bell

By Jonathan Bell

A young boy was airlifted to hospital after he was knocked off his bike in a crash in Limavady.

It happened in the Edenmore Road area of Limavady at around 4pm on Monday.

The boy was airlifted to hospital by the charity Air Ambulance. Part of the road was closed for a period to allow the emergency services to attend the scene.

Police have not released any further details, however, it is thought the boy is of primary school age.

The driver of the vehicle was spoken to at the scene by police.

The road has been described as a residential street which leads onto a country lane. Children in the area would regularly use the road to ride their bikes. The crash happened close to a mini roundabout.

Causeway Coast and Glens Mayor Brenda  Chivers said the community was left in shock as news spread of the incident.

“My thoughts and prayers go out to the young cyclist and his family, I hope he makes full recovery," she added.

"I would urge anyone with information to bring it to the police.”

DUP councillor James McCorkell added: "All day long there would be children riding up and down the road on their bikes. It is very popular with children."

He added: "My thoughts and prayers go out to the young boy and his family and I hope he makes a full recovery."

As well as the Air Ambulance a rapid response paramedic and emergency crew were sent to the scene.

"Following initial assessment and treatment at the scene, the child was transferred by Air Ambulance to the Royal Belfast Hospital for Sick Children," an Ambulance Service spokesman said.

Police have appealed for anyone who witnessed the collision or who has dashcam footage to contact police in Limavady on 101 quoting reference number 795 08/04/19.

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