Belfast Telegraph

Fatality after serious two vehicle crash in Co Antrim- road closed

By Mark Edwards

One person has died following a serious two vehicle collision on the Gracehill Road near Armoy.

Police have asked motorists to seek other routes as the road is closed. The crash occurred close to the Dark Hedges near the Bregagh Road.

The Dark Hedges have become a major tourist attraction since they featured in the popular Game of Thrones TV series.

The Belfast Telegraph understands the deceased may have been visiting the area.

A spokesman for the Northern Ireland Ambulance Service said it received a report of a two vehicle collision on the road at 7.10pm.

A rapid response paramedic and two A&E crews were sent to the scene.

Two patients were treated at the scene before being taken to Causeway Hospital in Coleraine.

Councillor Cara McShane said: "The news just coming through will reverberate around the community very quickly. I would like to express my sympathies on behalf of the people in this area.

"My thoughts and prayers are with all of those involved. I am hoping those injured make a quick recovery. It just re-emphasises for us all to take care on the roads.

"The infrastructure around the Dark Hedges needs looked at and it should become a priority for all statutory bodies."

The Sinn Fein councillor said there has been a huge increase in the amount of tourists flocking to the area over the past five years.

She added: "Clearly the infrastructure has not been developed in line with the increase in visitors. That goes for a huge part of our coastline as well. It is only a matter of time there will be more accidents unless urgent action is taken.

"Unfortunately any action in the future has come too late for one family. It is really tragic."

Councillor Darryl Wilson said: "I am deeply saddened to learn that one person has died following a serious two vehicle collision on the Gracehill Road near Armoy this evening.

"This stretch of road has been an accident black spot over recent years with increased traffic due to local tourist attractions. My thoughts and prayers go out to all impacted by this awful tragedy."

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