A man has died and a woman is fighting for her life in hospital following a serious multiple-vehicle crash in Co Down.
At around 5pm yesterday three vehicles, including one towing a horse trailer, collided on the main Armagh Road between Newry and Armagh. The man, aged 20, is understood to have died at the scene.
A spokesman for the Southern Trust said four passengers from one of the other vehicles involved were brought to Daisy Hill Hospital by ambulance, to be assessed by medical staff.
He said: “The two children are stable and fine, but are being kept in overnight. One of the adults is stable and the other is in a critical condition.”
The family have been named locally as the Mooneys from Newry.
It is understood the woman in a critical condition was being transferred to the Royal Victoria Hospital in Belfast late last night.
Road diversions were in place for much of yesterday, as the Armagh Road was closed between the junctions at Ballydogherty Road and Ballyvally Road.
Newry and Mourne Mayor Mick Murphy said he was extremely sad to learn that another person had lost their life on our roads.
He said: “I would like to give my deepest sympathy to the family of the person killed and wish those currently in hospital a speedy recovery.”
Dominic Bradley MLA had been visiting a relative at Daisy Hill hospital last night.
He said: “My thoughts are with those being treated in hospital and with the family of the victim of this tragic accident.
“I am sure the whole community in the immediate area and further afield will share my view and they will rally to give the victim’s family support. Given the number of vehicles involved, the death toll could have been much higher.”
Meanwhile, the woman killed after being hit by a car in the Bogside area of Londonderry on Saturday morning has been named as Patricia Duffy from Lisfannon Park.
The collision happened close to the junction of Westland Street and Rossville Street, at about 10.30am. Police are appealing to anyone who witnessed the collision to contact them immediately at the Strand Road station on 0845 600 8000.
The number of people who have died on the roads in Northern Ireland so far this year now stands at 11.