Belfast Telegraph

Glenshane Pass crash victim named as Loreto Douglas

By Allan Preston

A 64-year-old woman has died following a three-car crash on the main road from Belfast to Londonderry.

The accident happened on the Glenshane Pass in Co Derry yesterday morning.

Police have named the woman who died in the crash as Loreto Douglas from the Derry area.

Four people were also injured.

Police confirmed that around 9.20am yesterday Ms Douglas was driving a red Volkswagen near the Ponderosa bar, close to the top of the Glenshane Pass, when she collided with two vans, a Ford Transit and a Citroen Dispatch.

She was airlifted to hospital in Belfast by the PSNI air support unit but died from her injuries.

A second woman was airlifted from the crash scene to Altnagelvin Hospital. She is in a stable condition.

Three men were taken for treatment. One remains in a stable condition, with the two others being released after treatment for minor injuries.

Part of the road remained closed in both directions during rush hour yesterday, with it only reopening to traffic after 8pm.

With freezing temperatures forecast, Belfast-bound traffic was diverted in Dungiven and Derry-bound traffic was diverted at the bottom of the Pass via Maghera.

Foyle SDLP MLA Mark H Durkan urged drivers to take extra care on the roads as winter bites.

"It's a very dangerous road at the best of times, but in icy conditions it becomes more dangerous," he said.

"My thoughts are with the woman's family and friends in the aftermath of this tragedy."

TUV councillor Boyd Douglas was one of many who found himself diverted.

"It's very tragic when anyone dies in an accident. Whoever it is, our thoughts are with the family," he said.

PSNI Inspector Ian Armour is appealing for anyone who was travelling on the Glenshane Pass yesterday morning who witnessed the collision to contact police in Limavady on the non emergency number 101.

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