Cochrane urges drivers to be vigilant of pedestrians and cyclists after East Belfast accident

Alliance East Belfast MLA, Judith Cochrane, has expressed her concern following an accident on the Upper Newtownards Road in East Belfast in which a child was hit by a lorry. The girl, who was cycling to school at the time, has been taken to hospital.

Judith Cochrane MLA said: “I was deeply concerned for the well-being of this young girl when I heard about this accident just after my own children had been dropped off for school.

“Ballyhackamore is always a very busy area but particularly so at school drop off times with a number of primary schools in the area. The accident happened a short distance from my constituency office and many local people were shocked when they learnt what had happened.

“I have visited the school and spoken with staff who are comforting those children who witnessed the accident. At present the girl’s injuries are not thought to be life threatening and I wish her a full recovery.

“At a time when we are trying to encourage more children to walk and cycle to school, I would urge all drivers to be vigilant, particularly at wide entrances to commercial units where crossing can be difficult.”


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