Belfast Telegraph

Call for extra care on Northern Ireland roads as motorist is killed in collision

Police at the scene of the crash
Police at the scene of the crash

By David Young

A woman died yesterday after a horror road smash near Toomebridge, Co Antrim.

The woman - who has not been named - was killed when her car was in collision with a bus on the Moneynick Road just before 3pm.

It is believed the 58-year-old died at the scene as a result of her injuries.

Last night the main road remained closed between the Gallagh Road and the Gloverstown Road.

PSNI Inspector Colin Ash issued a request for witnesses to the fatal collision, calling on anyone who had any information or who had seen the crash happen to contact the PSNI.

And as snow continued to fall and road conditions across the province worsened, the PSNI also issued a separate appeal for drivers to slow down and to stay safe in the treacherous conditions.

"Torrential rain outside, which is possibly going to turn to snow," the PSNI said via Facebook.

"Roads are treacherous.

"If you're snuggled up at home stay where you are.

"If you're out and about, take care.

"Stay safe."

Officers also posted a photo of a speed trap device which had tracked a car travelling at 104mph on the M1 yesterday, as its owner raced towards the airport for a flight.

"Despite the atrocious weather and road conditions we are experiencing today, a driver in a hurry to get to the airport was detected speeding this afternoon on the M1 by Enniskillen Road Policing Officers. This is a very high speed. The message is 'Slow down because speed kills'.

Meanwhile, a collision occurred on the westbound carriageway of the A4, approximately a mile from the Ballygawley roundabout.

And in Larne, the Ballycraigy Road was closed, as was the stretch of road between the Ardmore Road and Armagh Road roundabout in Newry.

The PSNI also issued a warning to motorists in relation to general road conditions in Dungannon yesterday, where Quarry Lane was closed due to the deteriorating wintry weather conditions.

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