Police have confirmed that the 6-year old girl who died following a road traffic collision on the Hilltown Road in Newry on Saturday morning has been named as Ella Trainor from Hilltown.
Ella was a passenger in a Volkswagen car that was involved in a collision with a Seat car and a tractor at around 9.55am. Two women, aged 24 and 42, were taken to hospital for treatment for their injuries which are not believed to be life threatening.
Inspector Stephen Humphries is appealing to anyone who was travelling on the Hilltown Road around this time and who witnessed the collision to contact local Police in Newry or the Collision Investigation Unit in Sprucefield on the non-emergency number 101.
The Chairperson of Newry Mourne and Down District Council Cllr Michael Ruane has extended his sympathy to the family of the fatal road crash collision on the Hilltown Road, 6-year old Ella Trainor.
He said: “This is a deeply tragic incident. On a personal basis, and on behalf of the entire community, I want to send heartfelt condolences to Martin, Susan and the entire family circle”.
Council Chairperson Cllr Ruane who is from Warrenpoint knew the family and added: “This devastating news of further loss of life on the roads has cast another dark cloud over our area and community. Our support, thoughts and prayers are with this suffering family as they face this nightmare of such a tragic loss.”
South Down MP Margaret Ritchie commented: “It is with a deep sense of sadness that I learnt about the traumatic and untimely death of Ella Trainor from Hilltown in a road traffic accident on Saturday morning.
“The untimely death of any individual is always sad, but the death of a child so soon after the Christmas period is particularly poignant.
“My deepest sympathies lie with the parents, family and relatives of this child. There is no doubt that the local community will support this family in their grief and bereavement. The whole community of the local family will hold this family in their warm embrace.
“My thoughts and prayers are with the family at this sad time, and I want to convey my best wishes to the injured for a speedy recovery”.
South Down MLA Karen McKevitt has expressed her deepest condolences following the tragic death a young child following a road collision on the Hilltown Road, Newry.
She said: “It is with great sadness that I learned of the tragic death of Ella Trainor following a car accident outside Newry. Earlier today I was at the scene with Deputy Chairperson of Newry, Mourne and Down Council Gillian Fitzpatrick and I called on drivers to remain cautious when on the roads during winter. The Hilltown road has seen several accidents over the past year and only last week had to deal with dangerous flooding so it has been deeply upsetting that another fatal accident has ensued.
“During the period following Christmas and outset of a new year it is tremendously heart-breaking to hear that such a young life has been lost and my thoughts and prayers are with the family at this terrible time.”
“Deputy Chairperson of Newry Mourne and Down Council, Cllr Gillian Fitzpatrick: said: “It is utterly heart- breaking to hear of the death of a young child just outside Newry following a road collision. I was at the scene on Saturday with South Down MLA Karen McKevitt and we were deeply concerned over the amount of incidents over the past year.
“It is the worst nightmare of any parent for such an awful event to occur and I wish to express my deepest condolences to the young child’s family. I know the local community will rally around them at this awful time to provide every support they may need.”