A mother and her six children have been involved in a serious road accident in Cloughmills, Co. Antrim this morning.


According to reports, the children were walking to school with their mother when they were struck by a car on the Loughill Road.


Four ambulances attended the scene, with the woman and three children taken to hospital. The woman is said to be in a serious condition, while one of the children is said to be in a ‘very serious’ condition.


Speaking after the incident, Sinn Fein Councillor Philip McGuigan released the following statement:


"This is a terrible tragedy facing the community in Cloughmills today. Many people are undoubtedly shocked by the news.


"I can say that this feeling is only amplified by the fact that it was young children walking to school with their mother who were at the centre of this accident.


"Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and their wider circle at this time."