Judith Cochrane MLA, who was at the scene a few minutes after the accident happened, said: “My thoughts go out to the teenager who was injured in this accident. I hope she will be able to make a recovery from the injuries she sustained. This must be a very distressing time for her family and friends.
“There were many parents in the area at the time and I would like to thank those who stopped to help for the calm way in which they assisted the schoolgirl before the ambulance arrived.
“I have consistently been campaigning for measures to ensure safer routes to schools, but signage and patrolmen are not enough. I have had numerous complaints in recent weeks about near misses at school crossings and today our worst fear has been realised.
“I would urge all road users to be vigilant, especially when passing schools. We need to be confident our children will be safe on their daily journeys to and from school.”