Girl, 12, dies in beach buggy crash

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Image caption Police said the girl was a passenger in the buggy when it collided with the truck

A 12-year-old girl has died after a crash between a beach buggy and a pick-up truck near Newry, County Down.

She has been named by her former school as Nicole Fegan.

In a Facebook post, St Patrick’s Primary and Nursery School in Mayobridge, County Down, said they were “heartbroken” to learn of her sudden death.

“Nicole was such a special girl,” they said.

‘Loving family’

“We have memories of her kindness and her willingness to contribute to the life of the school through her musical ability, her sporting talents, her desire to do her best at all times and her beautiful smile.

“We offer our heartfelt condolences to her loving family.”

Police said the girl was a passenger in the buggy when it collided with the truck on Flagstaff Road at about 14:50 GMT on Saturday.

SDLP councillor Gillian Fitzpatrick told BBC News NI Nicole was “a great wee community girl” who was well known in the area.

Image caption A 14-year-old girl, who was driving the buggy, sustained a broken leg and remains in hospital

“She was a quiet, well spoken, gentle child who brightened a room,” she said.

“She was into music and sport, she was unassuming but had a lovely, kind heart.”

A 14-year-old girl, who was driving the buggy, sustained a broken leg and remains in hospital.

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Image caption Police have appealed for information

The driver of the pick-up truck was not injured.

The Northern Ireland air ambulance attended the scene of the collision.

Police have appealed for information.

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