HORROR CRASH ON A1 TWO MEMBERS OF THE SAME FAMILY KILLED IN TRAGIC ROAD ACCIDENT
TWO members of the same family have died following a crash involving a lorry and two cars on the A1 outside Newry.
The PSNI said a man in his 80s and a woman in her 40s died in the collision.
The man passed away at the scene and the woman a short time later in hospital.
The crash involving a lorry, a silver Skoda Fabia and a bronze Ford Focus happened at around 2.45pm yesterday on the northbound carriageway at the Moneymore Road junction. Police closed the road in both directions between Rathfriland turnoff and Donaghmore Road near Dromantine following the crash.
The Northern Ireland Ambulance Service said it despatched a rapid response paramedic, two emergency crews, a non-emergency crew and a doctor to the scene. The Air Ambulance was also scrambled. Two people were injured in the smash.
One was taken to the Royal Victoria Hospital in Belfast and another to Daisy Hill Hospital in Newry. The patient at Daisy Hill is said to be in a stable condition. The Belfast Health Trust did not give an update on the condition of the patient in tghe RVH.
Local SDLP councillor Gillian Fitzpatrick described the incident as a “tragedy”.
“It’s terrible, really terrible,” she said. “It’s horrific news... the poor families. It’s a tragedy for all those involved, whatever way it happened.”
She added: “There have been many, many accidents on that stretch of road over the years.
“Some died on it earlier this year, and two nuns were killed on it just a few years ago.”
The A1 was closed, with all southbound traffic able to travel as far as the Grovehill Road at Loughbrickland before being diverted off the carriageway.
Northbound traffic was being diverted at Newry along the Tandragee Road. All HGV vehicles were being diverted at Hillsborough/Sprucefield. Motorists were advised to avoid the area. Yesterday’s fatal crash happened close to where a small country road joins directly onto the main Belfast Dublin dual carriageway.
Ms Fitzpatrick added: “My thoughts and prayers are with the families. It’s a tragedy for the two people who died and their families, and it’s devastating for the local community.
“This is a fantastic community, and I am sure they will rally round the bereaved families at this time of sadness. A tragedy like this will ricochet through the entire community.”
The crash brings to 44 the number of people who have lost their lives on Northern Ireland’s roads this year.
The scene of the fatal crash near Newry