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Roads closed after separate crashes leave nine people injured

By Rachel Martin

Nine people were injured in two separate car crashes in Northern Ireland yesterday.

Six people were injured in a four-car accident on the Forkhill Road, south of Newry, while a further three were hurt on the M2 close to the Belfast Shore Road turn-off.

Police closed the Forkhill Road for around six hours while rescuers treated those injured and emergency services worked to clear the scene.

Four ambulances attended the scene.

Police appealed for anyone who witnessed the collision to contact them on the non-emergency number 101, quoting reference 382 of 26/3/17.

Three ambulances attended the scene and patients were taken to the Royal Victoria Hospital for further treatment.

It's understood none of the injuries were life-threatening.

So far this year 11 people have lost their lives on the region's roads, compared to 14 people at the same point in 2016.

In the Republic, five people were killed on the roads over the weekend.

On Friday a crash between a car and a truck near Abbeyfeale in County Limerick claimed the lives of a young teenage couple, Gary Kelly (19) and his girlfriend Delia Keary.

Mr Kelly was pronounced dead at the scene, while Ms Keary died on Saturday in hospital.

It is understood that they were on their way for a weekend break when the crash happened.

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