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Road crash victim (21) was foreign national

By Staff Reporter

Published 18/08/2015

TUV leader Jim Allister lives in the area and said his thoughts and condolences are with the victim's family
TUV leader Jim Allister lives in the area and said his thoughts and condolences are with the victim's family

The 21-year-old man killed in a car and coach collision near Ballymena on Sunday was a foreign national.

TUV leader Jim Allister lives in the area and said his thoughts and condolences are with the victim's family.

He said: "Yet another fatality on our roads should bring home to us all the need to address our driving patterns.

"The fact that this accident happened in the locality where I live adds, for me, to its poignancy.

"The deceased was a foreign national living and working in our midst, but the grief now visited on his distant family has that added dimension of losing a family member in a foreign place.

"My thoughts and condolences are with his family."

Mr Allister revealed that the bus involved in the crash was also being driven by a foreign national. He said this made the aftermath of the crash difficult for the police as there was a language barrier.

"I also wish to commend the PSNI in handling this difficult situation, because the bus involved Chinese visitors and was driven by another foreign national. So, even at a communication level the police had added complexities with which to cope," he added.

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