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Road crash victim (21) was foreign national

By Staff Reporter

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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