A young boy has died after being involved in a road traffic collision on the Glenshane Road near Maghera. 

Young boy killed in Northern Ireland road crash

A spokesman for the Northern Ireland Ambulance Service told the Belfast Telegraph it received a report that a young male child had been involved in a road traffic collision at 7.59pm on Thursday.

Two ambulances and a doctor were sent to the scene.

 The spokesman confirmed the young boy had died as a result of the incident and that no one else was taken to hospital.

 The age of the boy has not yet been confirmed. The PSNI said the road was closed due to a serious road traffic collision with motorists advised to seek alternative routes.

 It is understood the incident happened near a Petrol Station beside the Oak Leaf Restaurant.

 Sinn Fein councillor Brian McGuigan said the entire community will be devastated by the tragedy. 

The councillor said he understood the boy was a pupil at St Patrick's Primary Glen school in Maghera.

 "This is heartbreaking and my thoughts are with the family of this young boy, my thoughts and prayers go out to them," he said.

 "The entire community here will be waking up to horrible news which will leave them completely devastated.

 "All we can do is come together and offer our support to a grieving family."

 Mr McGuigan said the fatal collision took place on a dangerous stretch of road.

 "It is the main route from Belfast to Derry and is always busy with cars travelling at high speed," he said.

 "That means it is always dangerous, but especially when it's dark.

 "Something like this is always horrendous, but when its so much worse when it happens to someone so young."

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