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Antrim crash death sparks renewed calls for speed curbs on blackspot road

By Lesley Houston

Published 22/10/2015

Police at the scene of the crash on the A26 Lisnevenagh Road between Ballymena and Antrim
Police at the scene of the crash on the A26 Lisnevenagh Road between Ballymena and Antrim

There have been new calls for speed restrictions at a Co Antrim accident blackspot following the death of a 62-year-old man.

His car was in collision with a lorry on the Lisnevenagh Road between Ballymena and Antrim on Tuesday at around 8pm.

He died in hospital.

A man and a woman in the lorry were injured.

The collision happened between Dunsilly roundabout and Creevery Road.

The road remained closed until yesterday afternoon.

The fatality brings the number of people killed on Northern Ireland's roads this year to 58.

Beth Adger, a local councillor who lives nearby, said she had been concerned about the speed of vehicles on the route for a considerable time.

"The traffic goes too fast," she said.

"Cars fly down it. I have asked a number of times for measures to decrease the speed limit."

Stressing that road conditions were poor on Tuesday night, with heavy rain, she added she did not know the cause of the accident, but insisted "if there was a reduced speed limit it might help the situation".

The road has seen a number of fatal accidents in recent years.

Last February grandmother Avril Dempster, from Ahoghill, who was in her 50s, died in a late-night crash.

She had been returning home after visiting her newborn grandchild in hospital.

In the aftermath of that tragedy, local TUV MLA Jim Allister called for action.

Though the latest crash was on a different stretch, the politician echoed repeated calls for speed restrictions on the Lisnevenagh Road.

At the time Mr Allister said: "Other known blackspots, such as the A1 in Newry, have seen measures put in place to tackle a similar problem, and I hope the authorities will look for ways to address Wood Green junction."

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