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A woman and six children were hit by a car while they were walking to school in Cloughmills. Picture: Pacemaker

A woman and six children were hit by a car while they were walking to school in Cloughmills. Picture: Pacemaker

A woman and six children were hit by a car while they were walking to school in Cloughmills. Picture: Pacemaker

An eight-year-old boy has died after he was struck by a car alongside his mother and siblings in a horror crash in Co Antrim this morning.

Adam Gilmour died after a car crashed into him and his family as they walked to get a school bus.

His mother, and four of his siblings, were also involved in the road crash at Loughill Road in Cloughmills.

TUV leader Jim Allister has claimed he was contacted by the woman, after she warned about dangers on the road.

The crash happened on a country road on the edge of the village.

It has been closed at its junctions with Main Street, Cloughmills and Lislaban Road.

A PSNI spokesman said: "Police are advising motorists that the Loughill Road, Cloughmills has been closed at its junctions with Main Street, Cloughmills and Lislaban Road due to a serious RTC involving a car and pedestrians."

DUP councillor John Finlay said it was a "horrific tragedy".

"It's a terrible thing, and my thoughts are with the families," he said.

Ulster Unionist Party MLA Robin Swann said entire community was "in shock".

"My thoughts and prayers are with all those involved," he said.

Sinn Fein councillor Philip McGuigan said it was a "terrible tragedy" for Cloughmills.

“I can say that this feeling is only amplified by the fact that it was young children walking to school with their mother who were at the centre of this accident.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and their wider circle at this time.”

A police helicopter flew in tight circles overhead and boiler-suited forensics experts hunted for evidence.

Local residents said the children and their mother walked regularly along the road on the way to school.

One neighbour said the youngsters ranged in age from toddlers to teenagers.

"They were lovely wee children, terribly good-looking and well-dressed and well provided for," she said.

She added that the road had no footpath or lights.

Belfast Telegraph