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Second victim of three-car pile-up is named

The second person to lose their life following a three-vehicle pile-up on the main road between Armagh and Newry has been named as Eleanor Thompson.

The 39-year-old Newry woman was rushed by ambulance to Daisy Hill Hospital in Newry where she later died following the horrific multi-vehicle collision on Sunday afternoon.

The vehicles, including one which was towing a horse trailer, collided at around 4pm.

The driver of one of the other cars, Matthew Watson (20) from the Richhill area of Co Armagh, died instantly in the horrific smash.

Newry and Mourne mayor Mick Murphy said he was very sad to learn that another family would have to come to terms with the loss of a loved-one.

“I would like to extend my deepest sympathy to the families of Matthew Watson and Eleanor Thompson,” he said.

“For two young people to be taken away from their families in such circumstances is a real tragedy.

“I am sure in the coming days and weeks the community in Newry and Mourne will rally to support them in whatever way they can.”

A spokeswoman for the Southern Trust confirmed the three other occupants of the car Ms Thompson was travelling in were discharged from Daisy Hill hospital at lunchtime yesterday.

This was the male driver of the car and two children.

The PSNI are appealing for anyone who was in the area at around 4pm on Sunday afternoon to |contact them.

So far this year, there have been 12 deaths on Northern Ireland’s roads.

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