Queen's flag flies at half-mast for three students killed in road crash
The flag at Queen's University Belfast flew at half-mast yesterday in memory of three young students who died in a horror crash.
Peter Hughes (19), Conall Havern (20) and Gavin Sloan (20) had been travelling together along the A1 dual carriageway on their way to Belfast on Sunday evening when their car was involved in an accident during treacherous driving conditions.
The young men from across the south Down, Newry and south Armagh areas met during their first year at Queen's and were planning to live together in Belfast this year.
Counselling is being offered to their many friends and classmates and their names have been published on the door of the Lanyon building in remembrance.
The Queen's University Students' Union issued a statement yesterday.
"We are extremely shocked and saddened to hear of the recent deaths of Peter Hughes, Conall Havern and Gavin Sloan on Sunday evening. They will be deeply missed by their friends and fellow students at Queen's and our heartfelt condolences go out to the family and friends of Peter, Conall and Gavin."
Funerals are to take place for Peter today at 11am at St Patrick's Church, Dromintee, and at 12pm at St Colman's Church, Massfort, in Kilkeel, for Gavin. Conall's funeral will take place at St Mary's Church on Chapel Street in Newry tomorrow at noon.
Elected representatives have criticised the condition of the A1 close to Banbridge where the accident happened.
Regional Development Minister Danny Kennedy broke his silence yesterday with a statement extending his condolences to the families of the young men, but said he could not comment on the road until the police investigation into the collision has finished.
"The collision is the subject of a police investigation and should the outcome indicate any actions relevant to my department, they will be given full consideration. Until the factors surrounding the collision are established, it would not be appropriate to make any further comment."