Sunday 18 August 2019

Community 'reeling in deep shock' after girl (12) dies in crash involving beach buggy

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Deborah McAleese

A 12-year-old girl has died following a road traffic collision on Saturday.

The collision involved a beach buggy and a black Toyota Hilux on the Flagstaff Road in Newry.

Two girls, aged 12 and 14, were travelling on the buggy when they were involved in the collision around 2.50pm.

Inspector Kieran Quinn said: "The 12 year old girl, who was a passenger on the buggy, died as a result of injuries she sustained.

"The 14-year-old girl sustained a broken leg and remains in hospital.

"The driver of the other vehicle was not injured as a result of the collision.

"I am appealing to anyone who may have been in the Flagstaff Road area at the time and witnessed the collision to contact local officers in Newry or the Collision Investigation Unit on 101 quoting reference 772 18/11/17."

Newry Mourne & Down councillor Liz Kimmins has said the death of the young girl has left the community "reeling in deep shock".

The Sinn Fein representative said: "The entire area had been left reeling in deep shock from the news of the death of a young girl.

"Our deepest sympathy to the family of the young girl who has lost her life in this tragedy," said the local Councillor.

"We also hope that the other young girl  injured makes a full recovery."

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