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Elderly motorist found dead at scene of Co Antrim crash

An elderly motorist has died following a one-vehicle road traffic collision in Co Antrim.
An elderly motorist has died following a one-vehicle road traffic collision in Co Antrim.

By David Young

An elderly motorist has died following a one-vehicle road traffic collision in Co Antrim.

The accident happened on the Ballynure Road in Ballyearl yesterday morning.

It is not yet known whether the man died as a result of injuries sustained in the collision or from natural causes.

The man - who was in his 80s and came from the Ballyclare area - was at the wheel of a brown Vauxhall Meriva which collided with a wall at around 11am yesterday.

Emergency services rushed to the location of the collision, but the driver was pronounced dead at the scene.

A post-mortem examination will be held to determine if the man died as a result of injuries sustained in the collision or from natural causes.

A spokesman for the NI Ambulance Service told the Belfast Telegraph: "We were called to a one-vehicle road traffic collision on the Ballynure Road just before 11am.

"A rapid response paramedic and an emergency ambulance crew were despatched to the incident, but no one was taken from the scene."

The busy main road was closed for several hours but was later reopened to traffic.

PSNI Chief Inspector Stephen Humphries issued an appeal for witnesses and information about the incident.

He called for anyone who was driving on the Ballynure Road yesterday morning and who witnessed the collision, for anyone who has dash-cam footage, or who noticed the car being driven in the area to get in touch with the police.

Officers can be contacted at Newtownabbey on 101, quoting reference number 580 26/07/19.

The death of the elderly motorist brings to 31 the number of people who have died on Northern Ireland's roads so far this year - 20 males and 11 females.

At the same point last year, the road death toll stood at 27.

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