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Man dead, another is seriously hurt in separate Co Antrim road accidents

The 59-year-old man who died near Rasharkin was Martin Paxton from the Portglenone area

By Staff Reporter

Published 04/05/2015

Martin Paxton from the Portglenone area. Pic: PSNI
Martin Paxton from the Portglenone area. Pic: PSNI
A damaged car is removed yesterday from Ballinlea Road, Stranocum, after the accident where the driver was seriously injured
A car lies on its side after another accident in Co Antrim yesterday

One man is dead and another is seriously ill in hospital after two separate car crashes over the weekend.

Both accidents happened in Co Antrim.

There was a third crash last night in Limavady, Co Londonderry.

In the first incident, a 59-year-old man died near Rasharkin.

On Monday police confirmed he was Martin Paxton from the Portglenone area.

The fatality happened at Townhill Road at around 10.30pm on Saturday.

It is a rural route and police said no other vehicle was involved.

They have appealed for witnesses to come forward.

Meanwhile, a man in his 20s is seriously ill in hospital following a separate crash.

It happened at Ballinlea Road, Stranocum, near Ballymoney, on Sunday at about 3.30am.

The road was closed for a number of hours but has since reopened.

Sinn Fein MLA Daithi McKay has expressed his condolences following the death of the man in the Rasharkin incident and warned other road users to take extra care.

The North Antrim Assembly member said: "The local community is shocked and saddened at the death of a man in a crash on the Townhill Road on Saturday evening.

"I extend my sympathies to the man's family and friends at this sad time.

"A man in his 20s is also in hospital following a crash in Stranocum near Ballymoney in the early hours of this morning and I hope he recovers well from his injuries.

"Every death on our roads is one too many.

"I would encourage all road users to exercise care and caution on the roads at all times, partic ularly over this bank holiday weekend."

There was another serious crash in Limavady last night.

It is understood a tractor and a van were involved.

A total of six people, including three children, were injured in the smash at Broad Road. They were all taken to hospital to be treated for injuries that were described as non-life threatening.

The road was closed yesterday but was reopened last night.

A total of 23 people have now died on Northern Ireland's roads so far this year. Seventy-nine people died last year, reversing a downward trend over the past number of years.

The number of dead last year was still 56 fewer recorded than 10 years ago and a massive 293 fewer than in 1972.

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