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Pensioner killed and baby hospitalised after Newry crash

An 88-year-old man has been killed following a two-car collision on the Newry bypass.

The man died shortly before 10.30am on Thursday following an accident between two cars at the Moneymore junction close to Newry.

The occupants of the second car, a 34-year-old woman, a 40-year-old man and a five-week-old baby girl, were taken to hospital for assessment. A contraflow system was in place on the A1 close to the scene of the crash.

The road was reopened around 6.30pm.

Police have appealed for any witnesses to contact them.

Ulster Unionist MLA Danny Kennedy said: “First and foremost our thoughts must go to this man’s family. It is a very fast road and great care has been taken to provide safety measures. But we definitely need to wait for the outcome of this accident before assessing safety issues.”

SDLP MLA Dominic Bradley said: “This is a very sad occasion, I think people will be very upset by this news. The road is relatively safe if people observe the road rules.

“However, there are many junctions where minor roads meet the A1, places where people need to take care. I believe the speed cameras where effective on the road at reducing accidents.”

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