26/02/2019

Schoolgirl Dies In Armagh Crash

A nine-year-old girl has been killed in a car crash in County Antrim.

The child was travelling in the back seat of a car on the Hamiltonsbawn Road on Monday morning, 25 February.

Police said the Hardy Memorial Primary School pupil died at the scene.

She is believed to be from the Richhill area.

The driver of the car, a man in his 60's, was taken to hospital for treatment on injuries not believed to be life threatening.

The road was closed for most of the day on Monday but has since reopened.

UUP Councillor Jim Speers, who is Chair of the Board of Governors at the victim's school, offered his sympathies to the bereaved family.
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He said: "This is a terrible tragedy for the young girl's family. The pain they must be going through will be unimaginable. On behalf of the Board of Governors I want to express my deepest sympathies to the family and assure them that they are in our thoughts and prayers. Our thoughts are also with the man injured in this tragic incident.

"I have spoken to Hardy Memorial staff who are providing support to the pupils in her class and the wider school, who have all been deeply affected by what has happened. She was an extremely popular pupil with her classmates and teachers alike. It's a lot for young children to take in and I must commend Hardy Memorial's Principal, Mrs Anderson, and her staff for the professional way in which they dealt with this tragic news."



(JG/CM)

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