Eight-year-old dies in car crash just weeks after First Holy Communion

 Callum Morrow died in a two-car collision on the Aughnacloy Road outside Banbridge on Saturday
Marie Louise McConville

AN EIGHT-YEAR-OLD boy killed in a road crash in Co Down has been remembered for his “great smile” and love of football.

Callum Morrow from Lurgan died in a two-car collision on the Aughnacloy Road outside Banbridge on Saturday.

The youngster, who recently celebrated his First Holy Communion, had been travelling with his father Stephen and brother James (six).

Meanwhile, a man died in a crash on the M2 on Sunday afternoon.

On Sunday night Callum’s school, Carrick PS in Lurgan, paid tribute to him as a “precious part of his class and whole school family”.

“We remember him in particular for his great smile, a love of football and a determination to learn so that he could achieve his goal of being a marine biologist,” it said.

“As a school community we are praying continually for his family circle, who were so obviously devoted to both boys.”

The scene of the crash on the Aughnacloy Road outside Banbridge, Co Down. Picture by Ann McManus

Police are investigating the crash, which happened at about 5.20pm. They appealed for anyone with information or dashcam footage to get in contact.

A man and a child, believed to be Callum’s father and brother, remained in a stable condition in Craigavon Area Hospital on Sunday night. A woman travelling in the other car was in a critical condition in Belfast’s Royal Victoria Hospital. 

Tributes left at the roadside following the crash. Picture by Ann McManus

Portadown man Alex Richardson, one of the first on the scene, told The Irish News how he tried to revive Callum who had been the back seat of the car.

“I started to give him CPR and then a doctor came along. Him and I worked with Callum until the ambulance arrived. His dad was in shock,” the former firefighter said.

“I have to pay tribute to the police and ambulance and the air ambulance. They were very good. I would love to have been more help but it was too far gone.”

The scene on the Aughnacloy Road outside Banbridge, Co Down, where an eight-year-old boy died following a road crash on Saturday evening. Picture by Ann McManus

Lurgan Celtic FC posted a photo of Callum on Facebook adding: “No words are needed or come easy at this time... this picture of Callum simply speaks volumes.

“Death leaves a heartache no-one can heal, love leaves a memory no-one can steal.”

The M2 and M3 were closed outside Belfast on Sunday after a man was killed in a multiple vehicle crash.

The collision happened on the M2 citybound between Duncrue and Belfast at around 3.50pm. Several people were taken to hospital. Their injuries were not thought to be life threatening.

In addition, a motorcyclist aged in his thirties died in a road crash in the Laragh area of Co Wicklow on Sunday. 

Callum Morrow died in a two-car collision on the Aughnacloy Road outside Banbridge on Saturday

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