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Girl (9) dies in Armagh crash

 A nine-year-old girl has died in a one-car accident in Richhill in Co Armagh

A nine-year-old girl from Co Armagh has died in a road crash.

The schoolgirl, Patrycja, from Richhill was killed in a single-car collision on Hamiltonsbawn Road this morning. She was a back seat passenger in a Peugeot 407 which crashed at around 9am.

The child, who was a student at Hardy Memorial Primary School in Richhill, died at the scene. A man in his sixties who was driving the car was taken to hospital for treatment. His injuries are not thought to be life-threatening.

Police appealed to anyone with information to contact them on 101.

It is understood Patrycja's family had requested that her surname should not be released.

Ulster Unionist councillor Jim Speers, who is Chair of the Board of Governors at Hardy Memorial Primary School, extended his sympathies to the child’s family.

“This is a terrible tragedy for the young girl’s family,” he said.

“The pain they must be going through will be unimaginable. On behalf of the Board of Governors I want to express my deepest sympathies to the family and assure them that they are in our thoughts and prayers. Our thoughts are also with the man injured in this tragic incident.

“I have spoken to Hardy Memorial staff who are providing support to the pupils in her class and the wider school, who have all been deeply affected by what has happened. She was an extremely popular pupil with her classmates and teachers alike. It’s a lot for young children to take in and I must commend Hardy Memorial’s principal, Mrs Anderson and her staff for the professional way in which they dealt with this tragic news.”

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