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Teenager killed in road collision

Motorists were today warned to be aware of black ice on the road as police confirmed a teenager was killed in a car crash.

Odhran McGreevy (17) from the Loughinisland area, was driving a blue Renault Megane which collided with a blue BMW on the Newcastle Road in Seaford, near Ballynahinch, in Co Down, shortly after 10pm last night.

Two people in the second car, a woman in her 40s and a man in his 30s, were taken to hospital. Their injuries are not believed to be life-threatening.

Police have appealed for witnesses.

SDLP Leader and South Down MP Margaret Ritchie has said the Loughinisland community was in mourning following Odhran's death.

Ms Ritchie, who knows the McGreevy family well, said: "I am deeply saddened by the tragic and untimely death of young Odhran McGreevy.

"I have known his family since I was a child, both his parents and grandparents, and I would like to convey my most heartfelt sympathies to them from the community and the people I represent.

"Coming up to Christmas this should have been a time for the McGreevy family, like every other family, to come together and spend time and love each other as families do.

"Sadly, the family will be coming together for another reason, and I can only imagine how difficult that must be."

Ms Ritchie said Odhran had the whole of his life to look forward to.

"I hope that the small consolation his family can take is from the many great memories and celebrations they have of him during his short life with them," she added.

Meanwhile SDLP Councillor Patsy Toman said it was an extremely difficult time for the McGreevy family and their wide circle of friends.

"I know that the people of Loughinisland are great people and will support and console the family and this time," she added.

"The McGreevys are very well known, liked and respected in this area. It is a terrible tragedy that has came upon them."

Elsewhere the PSNI said it is attending eight road accidents in the Lisburn area caused by the black ice.

A spokeswoman advised motorists to drive with extra care and reduce their speed.

Meanwhile a woman was taken to hospital after her Renault Clio collided with a lorry on the A1 at Banbridge at around 7am. Her injuries are not life-threatening.

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