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Families plunged into mourning as two die in crashes

By Joanne Sweeney

The families of two men in their 20s have been plunged into grief after they died on Northern Ireland's roads within 34 hours of each other.

A paramedic was also treated for injuries he sustained yesterday after being involved in a collision in the Ballycarry area as he responded to an emergency call.

The death toll on our roads for this year now stands at nine.

The latest death happened yesterday morning as a Co Fermanagh man's car collided with a lorry as he drove to work in dense fog near the village of Brookeborough. Police named the man as Jamie Alexander Nelson from the Roslea area.

He was found dead at the scene when a rapid response paramedic and an A&E crew from the Northern Ireland Ambulance Service was despatched to the main A4 Belfast Road shortly after 8am.

The man who died in Monday night's road crash on the Comber Road in Co Down was named yesterday as 27-year-old David McGaughey from Newtownards.

Linfield Football Club members and supporters were shocked to learn that the young man who died in the single-vehicle collision was the son of their former goalkeeper Philip McGaughey and nephew of the legendary former Linfield centre forward Martin McGaughey.

The club posted a website message to its 5,000 visitors which read: "The deepest sympathy and most sincere condolences of the entire Linfield family are conveyed to the McGaughey family circle at this terribly sad time. Audaces Fortuna Juvat." (Fortune Favours the Bold).

Mr McGaughey and his partner Carmille Vickers became parents to their baby girl Holly just last summer. He is also survived by his parents Diane and Philip, sisters Claire and Stephanie and a large family circle.

Fermanagh and South Tyrone DUP Assembly member Arlene Foster spoke of how Mr Nelson's death has impacted on his family.

"I've known the Nelson family for most of my life and know how proud they were of all that Jamie had already achieved. This is tragic news and has left a family absolutely devastated," she said.

She added: "There have been several accidents at this junction before. However, as someone who lives only minutes from the accident site, I appreciate the road conditions were awful this morning.

Local DUP councillor Paul Robinson also paid his respects: "I knew him, I know the father, the mother, the grandfather, the entire family," he said.

"This is just so sad, it's a tragic loss of a young life and I pay my condolences to his family circle."

The paramedic injured in a two-vehicle collision on the Larne Road in Ballycarry was later taken to Antrim Area Hospital and two other people were taken to the Royal Victoria Hospital. None of their injuries are believed to be life-threatening.

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"The family will have support from neighbours and friends who will help sustain them through this heartbreaking situation. It's very sad that another life has been lost on our roads."

DUP MLA Arlene Foster

"I wish to extend my sympathies to the family and friends of the deceased."

UUP MLA Tom Elliott

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