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School bus offer too little, too late, says Cloughmills horror smash mum

Adam Gilmour

The grieving mother of an eight-year-old boy killed on his way to school has angrily rejected an education board's offer of transport for her other children as too little, too late.

Adam Gilmour, his mother and his five siblings were struck by a car as they walked along a rural road in Cloughmills near Ballymena in Co Antrim.

He died from his injuries.

Three weeks before the horrific smash, Adam's mother Sarah had begged the North Eastern Education and Library Board to provide transport for her children from their home to primary school.

It emerged yesterday the board has contacted the Gilmour family telling them they will make transport available to take the children to Clough Primary.

Ms Gilmour was scathing of the move last night, saying it had come weeks too late for her son.

"They can keep their offer," she told the Belfast Telegraph.

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

"It's too little, too late. Adam is dead and buried and it could have been prevented."

Ms Gilmour is still confined to a wheelchair as a result of the extensive spinal injuries she sustained in the smash.

She said she will not be returning to her home on the Loughill Road where the tragedy happened on Tuesday, November 11.

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

"I don't ever want to go up there again," she said.

"I'd rather sleep in a cardboard box than go up to that house. I couldn't go back.

"This offer isn't good enough. In two weeks the board has still not contacted me. I hold them responsible."

A councillor says the road tragedy which claimed the life of an 8-yearold boy in Cloughmills has left the community united in sympathy. Councillor John Finlay says the death of Adam Gilmour in an accident has left the community shattered. Adam Gilmour was killed and his mother Sarah seriously injured after being hit by a car on their daily walk to school on the Loughille Road. Four of Adam’s siblings were also hurt in the accident, one child was last night stable after being transferred from Antrim Area Hospital to Belfast’s Royal Victoria Hospital, while two children were discharged. The accident happened around 8.30am on Tuesday morning in the Co.Antrim village. Credit: Belfast Telegraph

A spokesman for the NEELB confirmed the transport provision had been agreed by the board.

"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," he said.

"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."

TUV leader Jim Allister said: "While I greatly regret the delay in handling the original request and the tragedy that Adam died in the meantime, it is right, though it took a further two weeks, that NEELB should now provide the transport originally requested."

Belfast Telegraph