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Boss suffers fatal heart attack after arriving at Co Antrim crash that killed worker

By David Young

Published 05/12/2015

An everyday journey to work ended in a double tragedy after a woman died in a two-vehicle smash and her boss suffered a fatal heart attack moments after arriving at the scene of the crash.

The accident happened at 6.30am yesterday outside McKeown's Fine Foods, a turkey processing business near the north Antrim village of Rasharkin.

Both victims are understood to have been well-known in the area.

The woman was named locally as 58-year-old Primrose Campbell, who worked at McKeown Fine Foods.

The man who died after coming upon the scene of carnage was also named locally as Conor McKeown (46) a director of the firm.

Ms Campbell, who was on her way to begin a 7am shift at the company, died at the scene, while Mr McKeown passed away after being taken to hospital when he became ill. A NI Ambulance Service spokesman said that Mr McKeown had suffered a "cardiac incident".

Officers arrested a 21-year-old man a short time later on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving.

He was released on bail after helping investigating officers with their enquiries.

Minister for Social Development Mervyn Storey knew Ms Campbell from once working with her at Lovell and Christmas, a former food processing company in the local area.

Mr Storey described Ms Campbell as a " jovial, happy individual who will be sorely missed."

The DUP MLA added: "Unfortunately, we have seen many tragedies on our roads, and the collision on the Townhill Road is another reminder of the dangers that both motorists and pedestrians can face."

SDLP North Antrim representative Connor Duncan said there was a deep sadness across Rasharkin following the tragic fatal accident.

He added: "Rasharkin is in mourning following the deaths of two local people after an accident.

"I understand a local woman died following a car accident, and that a man who attempted to provide assistance suffered a heart attack.

"The sense of sadness is palpable across the area.

"Sometimes Rasharkin is in the news for all the wrong reasons, but it's got a lot of heart, and I'm confident that the community will rally round the two families so tragically bereaved today."

PSNI superintendent Ryan Henderson said: "The man is not a relative of the deceased woman, but they were known to one another. The death of the man is not being investigated by police at present.

"I would ask that anyone who was in the area at around 6.30am and witnessed the collision please contacts police on the non-emergency number 101.

"The death of a man who later arrived on the scene makes this a double tragedy, and my thoughts and prayers are with the two families as they struggle to cope with their loss."

North Antrim Sinn Fein MLA Daithi McKay, who had a summer job at the Rasharkin turkey business, also expressed his condolences.

Mr McKay said: "The deaths of a man and a woman in a collision on the Townhill Road outside Rasharkin have caused a deep sense of shock and sadness in the local area.

"These road deaths are all the more tragic coming so close to Christmas.

"My thoughts are with the families of both of those who died at this very difficult and sad time."

Meanwhile, a man was fighting for his life in hospital last night following a separate road crash on the Burren Road between Warrenpoint and Newry at around 2.20pm yesterday.

Last night, a spokesman for the Royal Victoria Hospital in Belfast said the victim was "critically ill".

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