Ballycastle in mourning as Sean McAlonan killed in road crash
The town of Ballycastle has been plunged into mourning after the tragic death of a young man in an overnight traffic accident.
The victim of the crash has been named locally as Sean McAlonan, believed to be in his early 20s and from the town.
He was one of three people travelling in a white Citroen Berlingo, which left the road in the early hours yesterday morning.
No other vehicles were involved in the horror smash.
The accident happened on the Glenshesk Road, a rural road, but one of the main routes between Ballycastle and Armoy, shortly before 6am.
The two other people in the van were taken to hospital, although their injuries were not believed to be life-threatening.
The Glenshesk Road remained closed yesterday, with diversions in place between the junctions of Drumavoley Road and Churchfield Road.
Motorists were advised to avoid the area while officers carried out investigations to establish how the incident happened.
The weekend crash brings to 52 the number of people killed on Northern Ireland's roads since the start of the year.
Causeway Coast & Glens councillor Cara McShane said that her heart went out to the families devastated by the overnight accident.
"Once again we are wakening up on a Sunday morning to news of an awful, awful tragedy and it's just heartbreaking," she said.
"It somehow feels worse because we are approaching Christmas and a family has been torn apart by this accident.
"It's terrible, a tragic and horrific incident, it has ripped out people's hearts today.
"The thoughts and prayers of everyone in Ballycastle are with everyone impacted by this and the community will rally around them in the coming days and months."
Police have appealed for information about the crash and anyone who can assist their enquiries is asked to ring the non-emergency number 101.