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Fatal Ballycastle crash: Third car is sought by police

Police seek information on vehicle towed away from scene

By Rebecca Black

Police are hunting for information about a third car which was at the scene of an Easter Monday horror crash which killed two young men.

Schoolgirl Clodagh Arbuckle (18) was still fighting for her life in hospital last night as it emerged that a third vehicle is a key part of the police investigation.

Johnny Black (19) from Ballycastle and Robin Wilson (26) from Armoy died after two cars were involved in a head-on crash on the Cushendall Road just outside Ballycastle.

The smash, involving a Peugeot 207 and a Volkswagen Bora, happened just before 4am last Monday. The force of the impact destroyed both cars, leaving one lying in a hedge and the other on its roof.

It has now been revealed that a third car was spotted parked near the scene of the carnage from Monday morning until Monday evening when it was towed away.

The Belfast Telegraph understands that the PSNI officers have spoken to a person in connection with this third car.

PSNI Inspector Mick Wood said: "Police interviewed a man yesterday in connection with this fatal accident.

"The man was not arrested and the investigation continues."

Last night police issued an appeal for information regarding a "vehicle parked on the Carrickmore Road, close to Maguire's Strand Caravan Park, from Monday morning through until Monday evening" as part of their investigation.

Inspector Wood said his officers would also be interested in speaking to anyone who may have seen a vehicle being towed away from the area or recovered by a lorry from this area on Monday.

As the police investigation intensified yesterday, one of those killed in the crash was laid to rest.

Crowds lined the streets in Ballycastle for Johnny Black's funeral and watched in silence as the popular young man made his final journey.

His remains were conveyed from the family home to St Patrick's Church, Culfeightrin, for Requiem Mass by a lorry from the family haulage business.

The 19-year-old only son had worked for his father's business, Seamus Black Haulage, driving lorries, and had been expected to one day take over the running of it.

He has been described as an "extremely popular lad".

The funeral of the second man killed in the crash, Robin Wilson, will take place this morning.

It will be conducted by the family minister, the Rev Peter Turton, at noon at his mother's home in Bushmills, before burial at Armoy Presbyterian Churchyard.

Two women remain in the Royal Victoria Hospital in Belfast.

The condition of Clodagh Arbuckle still remains critical while a 36-year-old woman's condition has improved from critical to serious. Four others were taken to hospital but have since been discharged.

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