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Tributes paid to Callum Morrow (8) killed in tragic road crash as funeral takes place

By Staff Reporters

The funeral of road crash victim Callum Morrow is to take place tomorrow in Lurgan.

The cortege will leave his grandparents' house for requiem mass at St Peter's Church at 10.30am.

The eight-year-old, from Garland Avenue in the town, died in a two-car collision on the Aughnacloy Road outside Banbridge on Saturday evening.

His younger brother James (6) and father Stephen Brennan remained in hospital last night with their conditions described as stable.

A woman travelling in the other car is in a critical condition in Belfast's Royal Victoria Hospital.

Callum was a pupil at Carrick Primary School, whose staff said they were devastated by the news.

A statement said: "Callum was a precious part of both his class and our whole school family in Carrick.

"We remember him in particular for his great smile, a love of football and a determination to learn so that he could achieve his goal of being a marine biologist.

"As a school community we are praying continually for his family circle, who were so obviously devoted to both boys."

Lurgan Celtic FC, where the brothers played football, said: "It is with an extremely heavy heart that everyone at Lurgan Celtic extends heartfelt condolences and thoughts to the Brennan and Morrow families at this tragic time.

"Our prayers and thoughts are with you all, and at such times football pales into insignificance but the Lurgan Celtic family stand united in offering their support and condolences."

Callum was a popular and talented member of the club's under-eight team and had won a number of awards.

Meanwhile, police have confirmed that they are investigating reports that a car had been travelling in the wrong direction on the M2 in Belfast before Sunday's fatal collision. Officers believe the silver car joined the carriageway somewhere along the M3 before proceeding to the M2 where it was involved in the five-car pile-up that claimed the life of one man and injured three other people.

The victim has not yet been named. The motorway was closed in both directions for several hours as emergency services attended the scene.

Inspector Andrew Wilson from the Collision Investigation Unit said: "At approximately 3.50pm on Sunday police received several reports of a silver car travelling in the wrong direction along the M3, Belfast from Sydenham bypass towards the M2.

"We are working to establish where this vehicle joined the M3 and its subsequent movements prior to the collision.

"I would appeal to anyone who has dash cam footage of this vehicle or information relating to this incident to contact the collision investigation unit at Sprucefield on the non-emergency number 101, quoting reference 1004 22/07/18.

"I also wish to express my thanks to the members of the public who have already provided us with dash cam footage and witness accounts leading up to this road traffic collision."

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