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A true lady with smile and a hello for anyone: Tributes to Margaret McLaughlin killed in Strabane crash

Husband injured and man arrested following crash between lorry and car

By Jonny Bell

Tributes have been paid to Margaret McLaughlin the woman killed in a crash between a lorry and a car in Strabane.

The 69-year-old was the passenger in the car. Her husband remains in hospital with non life-threatening injuries and a 20-year-old man has been arrested.

Paying his respects SDLP MLA Daniel McCrossan said: "Margaret was a true lady with a smile and a hello for anyone she met.

"My deepest prayers and thoughts are with her husband Pat, their son Aidan and daughters Bronagh, Julie and Laura at this very sad, difficult and truly heartbreaking time.

"Sometimes there are just no words."

Scores of tributes have been paid on social media on Tuesday morning as news spread of the tragic death.

"So sad. Such a beautiful lady," said Lorraine O'Donnell.

The crash happened on the Urney Road at the junction of Great Northern Link in Strabane on Monday just after 10.30pm.

Inspector Ray Wilson added: “A short time later, 69-year-old Margaret McLaughlin, who was a front seat passenger in the car died in hospital from injuries she sustained in the collision. Her husband, who was driving, remains in hospital. He is in a stable condition with injuries which are not thought to be life-threatening at this time.

“I would ask anyone who saw anything last night around the time of the incident that could help us with our enquiries, to contact police on the non-emergency number 101, quoting reference 1317 of 24/4/17.

“A 20-year-old man was arrested at the scene and is currently in custody, helping police with their enquiries.”

All roads closed because of the crash have since been reopened.

More: Northern Ireland traffic alerts: Strabane Road closed following crash between car and lorry

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