Two killed and two injured in north Antrim car crash
Two people are believed to have been killed in a road crash in north Antrim.
The accident happened last night on the Ballyconnelly road in Cullybackey at the crossroads with Cardonaghy road.
There were two vehicles involved in the collision which occurred between a car and a tractor.
A further two people were taken to hospital following the accident in the area which is known locally as Pat's Cross.
Their conditions are not known.
A spokesman for the Northern Ireland Ambulance Service said two ambulances and a rapid response paramedic attended the crash just after 8.15pm last night.
Local reports suggested the people were not from the local area and the road remained closed.
Local DUP councillor Billy Henry said: "There are two broken homes tonight and my heart goes out to all the family concerned.
"I am deeply concerned for the people of this area."
He added: "The stretch of road is generally quite straight but there are a number of hills.
"It is not an area I would call a blackspot, but it is one that needs attention."
The Mayor of Ballymena Audrey Wales said: "My sympathy goes out to the families of those concerned and my thoughts and prayers are with the families at this very sad time."
DUP councillor Tommy Nicholl said: "I'm shocked at the accident and I feel for the families concerned.
"My thoughts and prayers are with the families at this time and for those who have been injured I pray for a quick recovery."
It comes just weeks after a young father who was in his 20s and an 84-year-old woman died in separate road crashes.
Following the recent spate in road traffic collisions the Head of Road Policing, Superintendent Gerry Murray, revealed that from July 7 some 14 officers from the Close Protection Unit (CPU) would be supplementing the roads team as an interim measure.
He urged motorists to watch their speed.
Supt Murray said the stark fatality figures this year were a "wake-up call to everyone in Northern Ireland".
"The sad reality is that many of the deaths and serious injuries on our roads could be avoided."
The senior officer urged motorists to slow down.
"Speed is the number one cause of fatal collisions, so we really need people to understand that by slowing down and altering their speed to suit the conditions of the road they can potentially save a life," he said.
"As well as slowing down we need drivers, cyclists, pedestrians and motorcyclists to pay more attention, to respect other road users, and to take personal responsibility for their own safety."
Since the start of 2014 more than 40 people have died on Northern Ireland roads this year – a significant increase on the same period last year.