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Woman dies and three critical in separate crashes

By Margaret Canning

A young woman from London has died and three men are in critical condition after two major car crashes over the weekend.

The first, a two-vehicle collision on the A1 near Banbridge in which a woman died, happened just before 11am on Saturday.

The 22-year-old woman, whose name has not been released, was travelling in a gold-coloured Rover car with another woman, age 49, and two men aged 51 and 22.

The two men are in a critical condition.

It is understood the woman who died, the 49-year-old woman and the 51-year-old man were members of the same family.

The older woman was taken to hospital but discharged shortly afterwards.

A 51-year-old man who was in the other car, a silver Mazda, was also treated in hospital but released.

Sheila McQuaid, an Alliance Party councillor in Banbridge, said she was “extremely saddened” by the death and expressed sympathy for the family and friends of the young woman.

“Yet again we have seen the fatal consequences of the dangers on our roads,” she said.

“It was only last week that I raised the issue of this dangerous junction with Road Service who are looking to put a slip road in place where this accident has happened.

“Sadly, this accident happened before the Road Service were able to upgrade this junction.

“I hope they will now prioritise this work to improve safety at such a dangerous junction.”

The second serious car crash happened yesterday morning in Co Londonderry.

Two men aged 21 and 23 who were in a blue Honda Accord were taken to hospital after the one-vehicle crash on Draperstown Road outside Tobermore.

The 23-year-old man is in critical condition and the other man has non-life threatening injuries.

Anyone who witnessed either crash was asked to contact police on 0845 600 8000.

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