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Man (65) killed in Co Down road collision

By John Mulgrew

A 65-year-old man has been killed and a mother and her young son injured following a three-vehicle road collision in Co Down.

He is the 35th person to die on Northern Ireland's road this year and the fourth victim in Newry and Mourne.

The injured were taken to hospital following the crash which happened on the Newry Road in Kilkeel yesterday afternoon.

Three others were also involved in the crash but did not require hospital treatment.

The victim has been named locally as Kevin McAvoy from the Kilkeel area. John McPoland of the Ambulance Service said paramedics attempted to save the man's life at the scene.

"When paramedics arrived they found a large jeep-type vehicle had collided head-on with another car, carrying the person who's now deceased," he said.

"Paramedics and crew then dealt with the people who were in the jeep, a mother and child, taking them both to Daisy Hill Hospital. The three people in the car behind were uninjured to a large degree."

A spokeswoman for the Belfast Trust said the boy was transferred to the Royal Victoria Hospital where he is said to be in a stable condition.

The child's mother remains in a stable condition at Daisy Hill Hospital in Newry.

South Down MLA Jim Wells who is from Kilkeel said: "The family are long established in the area and clearly everyone will know this man - they will rally round and give so much support," he said.

Mr Wells added the main road from Kilkeel to Newry had claimed the lives of several people in the last few years.

"The crash happened on what is quite a dangerous stretch of road and unfortunately has claimed quite a few lives in the past few years."

UKIP local councillor Henry Reilly also expressed his sympathy for the victim's family at this difficult time.

Police accident investigators were still at the scene of the crash last night.

Last year Northern Ireland's roads claimed 55 lives.

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