Three-vehicle crash claims life of six-year-old child

January 11, 2016

The six-year-old girl who died in a three-vehicle collision on the Hilltown Road near Newry on Saturday has been named as Ella Trainor from Hilltown.

The child was a passenger in a Volkswagen car that was involved in a collision with a Seat car and a tractor towing a trailer shortly before 10am. Two women, aged 24 and 42, were taken to hospital for treatment but their injuries are not believed to be serious.

Daughter of Marty and Susan Trainor, and sister of Aoife, little Ella has been described by a family friend as “a wee angel”.

Many messages of condolence were expressed via social media to her bereaved family.  A post from Warrenpoint GAA revealed a planned registration day had been cancelled as a mark of respect: “The Registration day has been postponed owing to the very sad death of Ella Trainor, aged six, daughter of Minor Football Mentor Marty Trainor (Blond).  Our thoughts and prayers are with Marty, Susan and the entire family circle at this very sad time. God rest Ella’s gentle soul”, the post read.

SDLP MLA Karen McKevitt expressed her deepest condolences to the family.

“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,” she said.

Police are continuing to investigate the circumstances of the tragic accident and have appealed for witnesses, or anyone who was travelling on the Hilltown Road around this time, to contact police in Newry or the Collision Investigation Unit in Sprucefield on the non-emergency number 101.