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Man dies after one-vehicle Armagh crash

Published 03/02/2016

Armagh crash: The Silverbridge Road has been closed.
Armagh crash: The Silverbridge Road has been closed.

A man in his 40s has died following a one-vehicle crash in south Armagh.

He was the driver of a van that was involved in a collision on the New Road at its junction with Legmoylan Road.

The collision was reported to police shortly after 5.40am this morning. The man was named locally as Patrick Cooney.

SDLP MLA Karen McKevitt extended her condolences to the family of the man.

She said: "It is very saddening that we have lost another life on our roads and terrible to think that today another family will be getting that knock on the door.

“I wish extend my deepest condolences to this man’s family and friends at this tragic time. It is difficult for us to imagine how they must be feeling today.”

SDLP Armagh councillor Pete Byrne said the entire community were shaken at the news.

He said: "This accident has brought into sharp focus how dangerous rural roads can be.

“The family and friends of this man can depend on the support of our entire community and on behalf of them and myself I would like to express our sympathy and solidarity.”

Inspector Lorraine Dobson is appealing for anyone who was travelling on the New Road this morning and who witnessed the collision to contact local police in Newtownhamilton or the Collision Investigation Unit in Sprucefield on the non-emergency number 101.

The road remains closed and diversions are in place.

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