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Teenage girl is left fighting for her life after Ballynahinch car smash

By Cate McCurry

A teenage girl is fighting for her life in hospital after the car she was travelling in was involved in a single vehicle crash yesterday morning.

The 16-year-old was a passenger in the car when it crashed on the Magheraknock Road in Ballynahinch at around 8.15am.

She was taken to the Royal Victoria Hospital, where a Belfast Trust spokeswoman said she was in a critical condition.

The male driver of the car, a grey MG ZR, was also taken to hospital, but his injuries were not believed to be life-threatening.

Anne McAleenan, a SDLP councillor in Ballynahinch, said: "I don't know how the young girl is, but my thoughts are with both of the people injured and their families. I hope that the girl has a speedy recovery."

Walter Lyons, a UUP councillor for the area, added: "I want to send my best wishes to her and her family. I understand that road is quite bendy and that the car overturned after going through a hedge, but I'm not aware of what else happened."

Police are keen to speak to anyone who witnessed the collision or who saw the vehicle travelling on the Magheraknock Road or surrounding roads before the accident.

The road was closed for a time between its junctions with Langley Road and Laurel Road, but it was reopened yesterday afternoon.

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