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Men fight for lives as car hits wall and bursts into flames in Ballymoney

By Rachel Martin

Published 31/08/2015

Police seal off the road after the accident in Ballymoney
Police seal off the road after the accident in Ballymoney

Two men are fighting for their lives at Belfast's Royal Victoria Hospital following a car smash in Ballymoney.

It is understood the vehicle hit a wall before catching fire near the Kilraughts Road roundabout shortly after midnight on Saturday.

The injured men were taken to the Causeway Hospital before being moved to Altnagelvin in Londonderry and then to Belfast, where both are in intensive care units and are understood to be in critical condition.

The driver of the car was named locally as 21-year-old John Reid from Corkey, Co Antrim. The motor enthusiast had recently posted on Facebook that he was planning on selling his car.

The passenger is also in his 20s.

A PSNI spokesman said: "At around 12.20am it was reported that a blue coloured Mitsubishi had been involved in a collision.

"Two men, aged in their 20s, who were in the vehicle were taken to hospital for treatment for their injuries. The Kilraughts Road was closed for a period of time overnight but has now reopened to traffic."

The Kilraughts Road has previously been highlighted as needing improved safety measures.

In 2002, Social Development Minister Mervyn Storey called for extra safety measures following a collision involving a seven-year-old child. In 2005, a roundabout was added to the road which was designed to make the staggered crossing safer.

So far this year, 46 people have died on Northern Ireland's Roads. The number of casualties rose in the first six months of this year compared to the first six months of 2014.

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