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Elderly man killed in Comber Road crash

By David Young

An man aged in his 70s has died in a crash on a country road near Lisburn, while another person was yesterday critical after a collision in north Antrim.

Unconfirmed reports said that a car driven by the man had veered off the carriageway of the Comber Road between Lisburn and Carryduff.

His death is the 13th on Northern Ireland's roads so far this year.

An ambulance crew attended the crash scene after being called out at 7.30pm.

The road was closed for a period but has since reopened.

The name of the victim has not been released.

Local DUP councillor Uel Mackin said that although the section of the B178 where the accident occurred was quite a fast stretch of road and had what he described as "hidden dips", he did not believe it was a section of highway that had a very significant history of accidents.

"My sympathies go out to the family of the driver," the Downshire East councillor told the Belfast Telegraph. "This is tragic news."

However, fellow councillor James Baird, of the Ulster Unionist Party, said that the location where last night's crash occurred was known as an accident blackspot.

"In the place where the accident happened, the road is narrow with some deceptive bends," Mr Baird said.

"There has been a history of accidents just at that location - though none have been fatal, to my knowledge."

Meanwhile, a horror smash saw five ambulance crews race to the Dunluce Road in Bushmills, following a two-car road traffic accident last night.

Five people were taken to hospital afterwards.

The injured parties were rushed to the Causeway Hospital in Coleraine, where one person was last night described as critical.

The other four were described as stable.

By this time last year, eight people had died on Northern Ireland's roads.

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