Saturday 24 September 2016

Teen boy (15) fighting for life after collision with lorry and his bike

Cate McCurry

Published 16/08/2016 | 10:10

Teen boy (15) fighting for life after collision with lorry and his bike
Teen boy (15) fighting for life after collision with lorry and his bike

A 15-year-old boy is fighting for his life after he collided with a lorry in Co Antrim yesterday afternoon.

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The teenager was cycling close to his home on the Brians Well Road area of west Belfast at around 4pm when the crash happened.

A Belfast Trust spokesperson said he has been taken to the Royal Victoria Hospital where he remained critically ill last night.

The Pembroke Loop Road and Brians Well Road remained closed yesterday as PSNI forensic officers examined the scene.

It is understood the cyclist and lorry driver were travelling in the same direction when the teenager collided with the side of the vehicle.

One witness said it appeared the teen was "caught by the wind" as the lorry passed by.

The young boy was cycling up a hill when the collision occurred, the eyewitness added.

"It looked as if he was caught by the wind of the lorry and he lost control of the bike but it was hard to see. It looked bad. It's a dangerous road and there's lots of kids always trying to cross it.

"I hope he is OK."

SDLP councillor for the area, Brian Heading, said he hopes the teenager will make a full recovery following the accident.

"It's another piece of bad news for Poleglass having lost other members of the community lately and obviously this will affect the lorry driver and his family as much as it affects the young man's family," he said.

"It's an awful incident to have happened and for those who witnessed it. I only hope he makes a full and speedy recovery."

Sinn Féin MLA Jennifer McCann said her thoughts and prayers are with the teenager.

The West Belfast Assembly member stated: "The community has been shocked after a local teenager was seriously injured in an accident at Brians Well Road.

"He has been taken to hospital from the scene of the accident.

"I wish him a full recovery from his injuries and my thoughts and prayers are with him and his family and friends."

Many local residents called for traffic lights to be installed in the area.

One resident posted on social media: "Very dangerous around there with the amount of lorries travelling along that road and children trying to get to football training and shops.

"They are taking their life in their own hands."

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