Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 23 August 2014

Two accidents bring Ulster's road toll to 115

Misery as five die in horror crashes

By Oliver McGuckin and Gail Walker

By Oliver McGuckin and Gail WalkerTHREE Ulster families were left devastated after a weekend of carnage on the province's roads claimed five lives, including those of two children.

Loughgall building contractor David Gibson and his seven-year-old daughter Laura-Louise were killed when their Peugeot 405 was in collision with a Vauxhall Cavalier on the Gosford Road, Markethill, around 12.30am yesterday.

Girvan Murphy (25), from Bessbrook, who was a passenger in the Cavalier, died at the scene.

In another horrific accident just before 10am, a Carrickfergus mother and her seven-year-old son were killed by a freak of nature when a tree fell on their Lada jeep.

Donna Agnes Wallace (27) and her son Steven died at the scene of the incident at Collin Road, Ballyclare.

Another seven-year-old boy who was with them was injured and was today said to be in a stable condition in hospital.

Meanwhile, two of Mr Gibson's other children, Craig (4) and Alison (2) were transferred from the Daisy Hill Hospital in Newry to the Royal Victoria Hospital, Belfast, where today Craig was said to be in a critical condition.

Alison's injuries were described as serious, while her six-year-old brother Alister miraculously escaped with just a few scratches.

Their mother Valerie was said to be stable in the Daisy Hill Hospital.

The driver of the Cavalier, David Harpur (23) of Bessbrook, was reported to be 'very ill but stable' in Belfast City Hospital.

The latest fatalities bring the total number of deaths on Ulster's roads so far this year to 115.



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