HOR­ROR CRASH ON A1 TWO MEM­BERS OF THE SAME FAM­ILY KILLED IN TRAGIC ROAD AC­CI­DENT

Belfast Telegraph - - FRONT PAGE - BY MARK ED­WARDS AND DAVID YOUNG

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.

PAUL BYRNE

The scene of the fa­tal crash near Newry

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