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Child killed in tragic accident close to Co Armagh home

A THREE-YEAR-OLD boy has died following a tragic accident close to his Co Armagh home.

Paramedics and a crew from the NI Air Ambulance charity were called to a collision on the Boghead Bridge Road, Aghalee on the outskirts of Lurgan after receiving an emergency call this afternoon.

The boy, named locally as Harry Magee, was assessed and treated at the scene before being taken by helicopter to Craigavon Area Hospital.

Police last night confirmed the child's death, saying it "followed an incident involving a car at a residential address in the Craigavon area".

SDLP MLA Dolores Kelly, who lives just a few hundreds yards away, said the community was "absolutely stunned".

"It is a shocking tragedy. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family at this dreadful time," she said.

"It's terrible to think that on a beautiful day like today this tragedy was unfolding so nearby. It is just heartbreaking.

"Police, ambulances and the air ambulance were all here and people cannot take it in. The family are in pieces."

A spokesman for the NI Ambulance service confirmed that it received a 999 call at 3.14pm yesterday in relation to the incident.

"NIAS despatched one Emergency crew, one Rapid Response Paramedic and one HART Officer to the scene. The charity Air Ambulance with HEMs crew on board was also tasked to the incident," he said.

"Following assessment and initial treatment at the scene, one patient was taken to Craigavon Area Hospital by ambulance."

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