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Randalstown crash: Michelle McStravick and Lorraine Clyde killed in Church Road collision

Published 25/07/2016

Police can confirm that 2 women have died following a two vehicle road traffic collision on the Church Road in Randalstown this morning, Monday 25 July.
Police can confirm that 2 women have died following a two vehicle road traffic collision on the Church Road in Randalstown this morning, Monday 25 July.
It happened on the Church Road in Randalstown shortly before 7.55am on Monday. Pic: Pacemaker.
Police confirmed two women died following a two vehicle road traffic collision on the Church Road in Randalstown this morning, Monday 25 July. PACEMAKER BELFAST 25/7/2016
Police advised motorists to avoid the area.

Two women who died following a crash in Randalstown have been named as Michelle McStravickand and Lorraine Clyde.

Ms McStravick (35) was from the Randalstown area and Ms Clyde (56) from the Antrim area.

It happened on the Church Road in Randalstown shortly before 7.55am on Monday.

The women were travelling in a grey Citreon C1 car that was involved in a collision with a silver Ford Focus at the junction of Moneyrod Road.

A man and woman travelling in the second car sustained non life threatening injuries.

It's understood both women were home care workers. Michelle McStravick had a teenage daughter and was also a well-known fitness competitor, winning trophies for bodybuilding. She had been looking forward to competing this weekend.

Bren Surgeo who owns Pure Fitness gym in Ballymena, told the Belfast Telegraph that Ms McStravick was a much loved friend who trained twice a day.

"She was a great competitor, she was ready to compete this weekend for Miss Bikini and take another trophy, it's so sad" he said.

"When I opened my gym three years ago she supported me. We've always been very close friends, she competed with everyone including my daughter. She's competed nearly every year, the trophies are there to prove it."

He added: "We're all totally shocked here at the gym. I hear her dad wants to do something in memory of her in the gym, that will be really nice. Her life was in the gym, the fitness industry."

Fellow competitor Lynsey McCrudden posted on facebook:

"Michelle McStravick you were not only my best friend but my sister you were such a big part of my life, my mentor, my inspiration....You showed me so much, you took me to my first bodybuilding show where my passion started and my dreams began. I'm going to miss my superwoman."

Randalstown DUP councillor Trevor Beatty said the two women would often have been seen in Randalstown taking the same morning route.

"It's just a tragedy," he said.

"Our sympathies go out towards all the families, all people impacted. The deceased and the injured."

Councillor Beatty said he was concerned about high hedges causing poor visibility in the area.

"I know that particular junction very well and it is very difficult to negotiate. Cars would have to come out quite a bit to see round the bend."

"I have been in contact with Transport NI in relation to the issue of country roads and hedge rows at this time."

"Care needs to be taken on country roads at the best of times but particularly this time of year when the hedgerows are growing out and the roads can be narrowed."

Sinn Féin MLA Declan Kearney added his condolences following the tragedy,

has expressed his condolences following the deaths of two women on the Church Road outside Randalstown today.

Mr Kearney said: "The deaths of two women on the Church Road outside Randalstown early this morning have caused a deep sense of shock and sadness in the local area.

“Any death on our roads is one death too many.

"I send my condolences to the family and friends of the two women at this sad and difficult time.

“I also hope that the others who were injured in this incident make a full recovery.”

Police have appealed for anyone travelling on the Church Road on Monday  morning who witnessed the collision to contact local police in Antrim or the Collision Investigation Unit on 101 quoting reference number 249 July 25, 2016.

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