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Funeral takes place of M2 crash victim Stephen Martin in Lisburn

By Brett Campbell

The funeral of a father killed in a Boxing Day crash on the M2 has taken place.

Stephen Martin (35), from Ward Avenue in Lisburn, was involved in a multi-vehicle pile-up on Monday evening.

He was the partner of Esther McCook and father to Evelyn.

His funeral and burial took place at Ronnie Thompson's Funeral Church in Lisburn at midday. A second cousin of the victim described how the family had been left deeply shocked by the tragedy.

Shirley O'Neill said: "It is a horrible thing to happen at any time of the year, but for it to happen around Christmas time makes it all the more difficult."

Mr Martin was driving a Seat Ibiza when he was involved in the smash on the stretch of motorway between Templepatrick and Sandyknowes shortly before 8.40pm on Monday.

Two other men sustained non-life-threatening injuries during the crash, which happened close to the Applegreen service station.

The tragedy was the third fatality on the roads over the festive period.

Police appealed for anyone who witnessed the collision to contact them on 101, quoting reference number 566 of 23/12/16.

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