Belfast Telegraph

Crash probe after woman (20) dies in roads tragedy

By Deborah McAleese

Police are investigating a horrific car accident which claimed the life of a 20-year-old woman.

Ammie Rea, from the Ballyclare area, was a passenger in a car that crashed yesterday morning.

A 22-year-old man who was driving the car at the time was taken to hospital for treatment. His injuries are not thought to be life-threatening.

No other vehicle is believed to have been involved in the accident which happened on the Ballymena Road in Doagh, Co Antrim.

Ammie, who worked at Asda in Ballyclare, has been described as a popular and well-liked young woman.

She was a former student at Ballyclare Secondary School and was planning to become a classroom assistant after obtaining a diploma in early years from the Northern Regional College in Ballymena.

South Antrim DUP Assembly member Paul Girvan said there was a great sense of sadness within the local community at the news of Ms Rea’s death.

“Ammie would have been well known and very well liked. She was very popular,” he said.

“What has happened is a complete tragedy.

“My thoughts and prayers are with her family at this deeply sad time.

“She was just a child with her whole life ahead of her.

“There is real sadness within the local community on hearing this news. I am sure she will be greatly missed by all who knew her,” Mr Girvan said.

Local Alliance councillor Pat McCudden said the spot where the accident occurred is a busy stretch of road and can be dangerous in bad weather.

“This is really dreadful news, especially coming up to Christmas.

“It is heartbreaking for the family.

“It is very sad to hear that another young person has died on our roads,” he added.

The accident occurred at around 10am yesterday morning.

The road was closed for several hours yesterday as police carried out their investigations into the cause of the smash.

They are appealing for anyone who was on the Ballymena Road at Doagh between 9.15am and 9.45am yesterday morning and may have witnessed the incident to contact them on 0845 600 8000.

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