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Woman left fighting for life after car smash in Northern Ireland

By Erinn Kerr

Published 14/09/2015

Critical: Lisa McAuley
Critical: Lisa McAuley

A woman in her 20s who was seriously injured in a road accident in Co Antrim was last night fighting for her life in hospital.

The woman, who has been named locally as 27-year-old Lisa McAuley from Cushendall, was travelling along the Glenravel Road towards Glenariff when her car left the road.

The single-vehicle crash happened near Cargan just before 5pm on Saturday.

The woman was taken to Antrim Area Hospital for treatment, but has since been moved to the Royal Victoria Hospital in Belfast.

A spokesperson for the Belfast Trust last night confirmed that the woman remained in intensive care in a critical condition.

SDLP councillor Margaret Anne McKillop, who is from Cushendall, said the community were in shock following the accident.

"We are all hoping and praying that Lisa makes a full recovery," she said.

"She is a lovely girl from a lovely family and it is terribly sad to think of her being in such an accident.

"It seems that every weekend there are more young people being injured on our roads and Cushendall is such a close community, we are all hurting following the news of the crash."

At Mass yesterday in Cushendall, the congregation were asked to keep Lisa, her older sister Kerry and their parents Josie and Gerald in their thoughts and prayers.

Inspector Nick Sturdy is appealing for anyone who was travelling on the Glenravel Road and who witnessed the collision to contact police officers in Ballymena on the non-emergency telephone number 101.

Ms McKillop added: "I will be calling the Roads Service to have them come and look at this very dangerous stretch of road and see if they can put some sort of barrier up. The road from Glenariff to Cargan where this accident happened is used by many people in the Glens as their main way into Ballymena."

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