Board agrees to provide school transport for Gilmour children

Adam Gilmour
Adam Gilmour

Siblings of an eight-year-old north Antrim youngster knocked down and killed while walking along a country road to get a school bus will now be able to be picked up from their home.

Adam Gilmour’s mother Sarah had urged the North Eastern Education and Library Board to collect her six children from their doorstep just weeks before the fatal crash happened on the outskirts of Cloughmills, earlier this month.

Yesterday the NEELB confirmed they had agreed to provide transport to collect the brothers and sisters of the Clough Primary School pupil. They said in a meeting held yesterday “board members were apprised of the actions taken by officers prior to and in response to the news of the tragic death of Adam Gilmour”.

“We express our sincerest condolences to the family on the loss of Adam and we wish Adam’s family members a speedy recovery from their injuries,” said the statement. “While the board awaits the outcome of the PSNI investigation into the case interim transport arrangements are in place for the family. The board remains committed to assisting the family as best we can.”

It is understood the Gilmour family have not returned to their Loughill Road home in the village since the collision.

After the crash Ms Gilmour and her five-year-old son needed hospital treatment.

Traditional Unionist Voice leader Jim Allister, who had also lobbied the NEELB to divert the bus to the Gilmour house, yesterday said: “While I greatly regret the delay in handling the original request and the tragedy that Adam died in the meantime, it is right, though it took a further two weeks, that NEELB should now provide the transport originally requested.”

The 18-year-old driver of the car involved in the crash that killed Adam was arrested and later released on police bail.