Cloughmills crash: Politicians extend sympathy

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Local politicians have extended sympathy to the family of eight-year-old Adam Gilmour who died after being struck by a car in Cloughmills on Tuesday morning as he walked to school with his mother and five siblings.

His mother and some of his other siblings were also taken to hospital.

North Antrim UUP MLA Robin Swann has called on the entire North Antrim community to rally round the family of the Clough Primary School pupil.

Extending his personal sympathies to Adam’s family circle, Mr Swann said: “With the festive holidays only a matter of weeks away, this is a real tragedy for this family and I encourage all in the constituency to rally round this family with their thoughts and prayers.

“There is no doubt that this particular stretch of road is rapidly gaining a dangerous reputation and there is an urgent need to take action to prevent it from becoming one of North Antrim’s most notorious accident blackspots,” he said.

Ballymena SDLP Councillor Declan O’Loan said he shares “the universal shock at this tragedy”.

“I express my sympathy to the family and wish those who are recovering in hospital well.”