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Motorist killed in crash at A1 accident black spot

By Lisa Smyth

Published 02/12/2015

Harrowing: The scene last night
Harrowing: The scene last night

A man aged in his 50s has died following a two-vehicle crash on the A1 between Belfast and Newry, County Down.

The road claimed the life of three young men three months ago.

A second person injured in last night's crash was taken to the Royal in Belfast for treatment. A spokeswoman described their condition as stable.

A third person in the accident sustained minor injuries.

Police released few details of the incident last night, except to describe it as "serious" and to say the road was closed.

They have appealed for anyone who may have seen the incident between a blue Volkswagen Caddy and a silver Mazda 3 to contact investigators.

SDLP councillor Gillian Fitzpatrick said: "Obviously, our thoughts and prayers are with the people who have been affected by this accident."

In August this year, three young men travelling in the same car were killed when they were involved in a two-vehicle smash on the A1 dual carriageway between Banbridge and Dromore.

Peter Hughes (19), from Dromintee in south Armagh, and his two friends, Conall Havern (20) and Gavin Sloan (20), were killed in the devastating collision.

They were all Queen's University students who shared a flat together in Belfast.

Yesterday's accident was also close to the scene of another crash that claimed the lives of two nuns in September 2014.

Sister Marie Duddy and Sister Frances Forde died after their car collided with an unmarked police vehicle on the A1 - close to Newry near the Derrycraw Road junction.

Three policemen suffered minor injuries in the collision.

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