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Parents' vigil for children hurt in Scottish pile-up

By Margaret Canning

A mother and father from Co Tyrone are maintaining a vigil at their children’s bedsides after the family was involved in a horrific collision in Scotland on the way home from their holidays.

Seven people including four children — a boy of seven, a girl of six and two other boys aged four and 13 months — were injured in the three-vehicle collision in Dumfries and Galloway at around 3am on Friday.

The 42-year-old driver of a van was in “very serious” condition in Dumfries and Galloway Royal Infirmary last night, a spokesman for the hospital said.

A 21-year-old man, who was travelling in a campervan with the parents and four children, was in the same hospital where he was said to be improving.

Two of the children, including the seven-year-old boy, who suffered a kidney injury, had to be transferred to Yorkhill Children’s Hospital in Glasgow. It is understood they required specialist treatment.

Their 29-year-old mum and 30-year-old dad discharged themselves from the Dumfries and Galloway hospital to be with their children. Another two children are still in Dumfries, where one is described as “stable”. The other is believed to be much improved.

The parents were in too much distress yesterday to release any information about the condition of their children, a spokeswoman for the children’s hospital said.

Frances Burton, deputy mayor of Dungannon and South Tyrone Borough Council, expressed her shock at the accident.

“It’s an awful situation for any family,” she said. “Children look forward so much to a holiday and now this has happened; my heart really goes out to them.”

The 42-year-old van driver, understood to be a Polish national living in Northern Ireland, was “being assessed and is under observation”, a spokesman said.

A 57-year-old man from Co Monaghan who was driving a lorry which was involved in the collision was uninjured.

Both the campervan and the van were severely damaged, and the driver of the van had to be cut from the wreckage.

A police spokesman said they had not yet determined the cause.

Background

Six people were in hospital last night after a crash in Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland on Friday morning. The crash involved a campervan carrying seven people, including four children, a van and a lorry. The driver of the van was badly injured. It’s understood the van driver had come off the Larne to Cairnryan ferry, while the family were on their way to the terminal.

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