Saintfield: Three-vehicle crash claims life of woman
A woman has died and a man has been injured in a three-vehicle road traffic collision in Co Down.
The crash involving a Mini, Mercedes and Mitsubishi Outlander happened on the Belfast Road, Saintfield, at 6pm last night.
Ambulance Service personnel rushed to the crash site, but the woman was pronounced dead at the scene.
A man was taken to the Ulster Hospital in Dundonald for treatment to his injuries.
Police have issued an appeal for anyone who had been have been travelling on the Belfast Road and saw any of these vehicles to contact police at Downpatrick on the non-emergency number 101.
The road remained closed last night as the PSNI began their investigations into the cause of the fatal crash. Motorists were advised to avoid the scene, and diversions were put in place. It has now reopened.
Rowallane councillor Terry Andrews said: "My heart goes out the family of the poor woman who died.
"I want to offer my heartfelt sympathies and condolences to them.
"Words cannot describe what they must be going through this evening.
"The thoughts and prayers of the whole local community will be with them. I'm so sorry for their loss. God love them."
The death bring to 29 the total of people who have died on Northern Ireland's roads this year.