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Two cut free after road pile-up: Vehicle lands on its roof in three-car smash on notorious road

By Joanne Fleming

Two people had to be cut out of a car after it ended up on its roof in a multiple vehicle pile-up on a notorious stretch of road.

Three cars were involved in the serious road crash in Ballyclare last night.

One of the cars overturned following the smash on the Rashee Road and two people had to be cut out of their vehicle, according to the Ambulance Service.

Despite the severity of the collision, two women and a number of young people were able to walk away from the wreckage.

Two ambulance crews and a rapid response vehicle also found three walking wounded at the scene shortly after 6.30pm.

None of the injuries are understood to be life-threatening.

The road, which links Ballyclare with Ballymena, was closed between the Asda roundabout and Rathmeena Gardens, reopening shortly before 8.30pm.

A spokeswoman for the Northern Trust said one person was being treated at Antrim Area Hospital last night following the crash.

In October 2010, Bryce McAuley (82) died following a two-car collision on the Rashee Road close to the Five Corners Guest Inn.

Ballyclare Alliance councillor Pat McCudden said the main road was a hotspot for accidents.

"As the Five Corners Inn name suggests, five roads converge here," he said.

"I have been lobbying for a relief road around the town."

Last month, Environment Minister Mark H Durkan sought a meeting with the Northern Ireland Road Safety Forum after a senior police officer said Northern Ireland was facing a "road safety emergency".

January was one of the worst months on our roads in years, with eight people losing their lives.

An emergency meeting was called at Stormont after five fatalities in the first 10 days of 2014.

In January 2013, five people were killed, while there were four road deaths in January 2012.

Last year, 56 people were killed over the course of the year. That was eight more than in 2012, which saw the lowest number of deaths since records started.

Among those killed last month was a 58-year-old man who died in a collision in south Armagh.

On the same day, a 22-year-old Dunmurry man was killed after the stolen car he was driving was involved in a collision with a van on the outskirts of south Belfast.

Also killed was Patsy McCrory (62), who died on the Melmount Road between Sion Mills and Victoria Bridge, Co Tyrone.

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