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Nuns killed in Newry car crash involving police vehicle

Two nuns have been killed in a car crash involving a PSNI vehicle in Newry, Co Down.

The Police Ombudsman has been informed and will now lead the investigation.

The collision, between two vehicles, happened just before 9.25am this morning on the Belfast Road, near the Derrycraw Road junction.

Three male police officers were in the vehicle at the time. None have sustained serious injuries.

According to the BBC, the women were on their way to the Dromantine Retreat and Conference Centre on the Glen Road, Newry, when the crash happened.

It is understood the  police car involved in the accident was an unmarked people carrier-type vehicle.

The road is closed between The Outlet centre at Banbridge and Sheepbridge Road.

There are reports of long tailbacks in the area.

South Down MLA Karen McKevitt said the tragic news has "deeply shaken the local community".

“This junction is notoriously dangerous and has been the scene of previous road fatalities. I have lobbied Roads Service on numerous occasions to have measures put in place to improve safety but unfortunately it has now claimed more lives.

“I understand that the two nuns were travelling to Dromantine College for a retreat that has been taking place there when they were involved in an accident with a police car.

“I want to extend my sympathies to the family, friends and order of the two nuns at this extremely difficult time. I have been in touch with Police Area Commander Davy Beck to offer my thoughts and prayers to the three officers injured in the accident."

The SDLP representative added: “I would appeal to anyone who may have witnessed the incident this morning to get in touch with the Police Ombudsman’s office as soon as possible to help with their inquiries.”

Mayor of Newry Daire Hughes said: "This is a tragedy, in particular coming on the back of the deaths of a cyclist last week and a young man killed in a traffic incident near Carlingford last night.

"The thoughts and prayers of the Newry and Mourne community are with the families and friends of those who have sadly lost their lives today.

"We also keep in our prayers all those involved in this incident. This is a tragic reminder of just how vulnerable we can all be when out on our roads."

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