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Death crash car 'forced off road' by other vehicle

By Deborah McAleese

Published 15/04/2016

Passengers in a car that crashed killing an elderly woman on her way to a church event believe their vehicle was forced off the road by another car.

Grandmother Maureen Buchanan (80) died following a six-car smash between Moira and Lurgan on the M1 on Friday evening.

Three of Maureen's friends - Margaret Ball, Belle Heaney and Rosemary Cowan - were in the car with her. Mrs Ball remains in hospital.

The women have said that another vehicle "came out of nowhere" and struck the front of their car, forcing them off the road.

Their minister at Bloomfield Presbyterian Church, Frank Sellar, said he understood a car had changed lanes in front of them suddenly and hit the side of the car. To date nobody has been arrested for questioning in connection with the fatal accident.

Police have appealed for witnesses but have not made a direct appeal for information about the car the women said forced them off the road.

The PSNI would only say: "The investigation into the fatal road traffic collision is still ongoing and police would again appeal to anyone who may have witnessed it to contact the collision investigation unit."

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