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Calls for 'immediate intervention' after three school pupils injured near busy south Belfast junction

Three pupils from Wellington College were involved in a road collision on the Ormeau Road near Rosetta in Belfast today. Picture by Mal McCann
Marie Louise McConville

There are calls for "immediate intervention" near a south Belfast traffic junction after three school children were injured in a collision.

The Wellington College pupils sustained non life-threatening injuries at around 8am today on the Upper Ormeau Road, opposite St John's Avenue.

They were walking to school at the time of the collision, which involved a car.

Emergency services were called to the scene and all three victims were taken to the Royal Victoria Hospital for treatment.

A spokesman for the Northern Ireland Ambulance Service said the three young people were believed to have suffered non-life threatening injuries.

David Castles, Principal of Wellington College, said there was "great relief that none of the young people affected suffered serious injuries".

"Wellington College is grateful to the emergency services, notably the Police Service of Northern Ireland and the Northern Ireland Ambulance Service who supported at the scene and whose first priority was the safety and well-being of the young people in their care.

"The school have been working to support pupils and staff where required and on behalf of Wellington College I want to extend best wishes to all those directly involved".

In the aftermath of the collision, SDLP assembly member Claire Hanna called for "immediate intervention" in the area.

"This has been a problematic junction for some time," she said.

"Ormeau is one of the busiest routes into the city, combined with some 4,500 children travelling to and from seven schools in the immediate area.

"There is a lot going on at that junction and very frequent reports of vehicles breaching the lights with near misses and very frightening collisions like this one".

Ms Hanna said many families want "to be able to walk or cycle to school but do not feel safe".

"I am back on with Transport NI today to push for immediate intervention to make that crossing more visible, and overall there is a need for a series of actions to reduce the volume and speed of traffic on the Ormeau including enforcement and more bus and `park and ride' facilities further out of town".

A PSNI spokesman said enquiries into the collision are "ongoing".

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