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Father of four killed in Co Down road crash as he travelled to work

Published 26/02/2016

Patrick Cunningham who was killed on a road collision on Friday morning on his way to work with his wife Karen.
Patrick Cunningham who was killed on a road collision on Friday morning on his way to work with his wife Karen.

A married father-of-four has died following a single vehicle road crash in Co Down on Friday morning as he drove to work.

He has been named locally as Patrick Cunningham from the Rostrevor area.

It's understood that he was in his early thirties and was the father of two sets of twins.

The tragic incident happened on the Killowen Road, between Kilkeel and Rostrevor, shortly before 6.30am on Friday morning.

Two other men have been taken to hospital for treatment for injuries that are not believed to be life-threatening.

Inspector Lynne Corbett is appealing for anyone who was travelling on the Killowen Road this morning and who witnessed the collision to contact Police in Newry or the Collision Investigation Unit on the non-emergency number 101.

The Killowen Road remains closed.

SDLP South Down representatives Margaret Ritchie MP and Seán Rogers MLA have expressed their deep sadness.

Seán Rogers MLA said: “This is an absolute tragedy for the man’s family and the whole community here. I know the family from my time as teacher and principal at St Louis in Kilkeel and this is heartbreaking news.

“My thoughts and prayers are with the man’s wife and children at this very difficult time.”

Margaret Ritchie said: “I am deeply saddened to learn of the death of a man following a road traffic accident earlier this morning on the Killowen Road between Kilkeel and Rostrevor.  I convey my deepest sympathies and condolences to the bereaved family at this tragic time. 

“I know that the local community in Killowen and the Mournes area will stand shoulder to shoulder with the family of the man who lost his life, and will wrap them in a warm embrace at this time of sadness and sorrow. 

“I understand that two other men were treated in hospital in injuries.   I hope that they will fully recover, discharged from hospital and be restored to their families”.

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