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Heartache as nurse Shymol Thomas loses life in Northern Ireland road crash

Shymol Thomas was front seat passenger in car involved in collision
Shymol Thomas was front seat passenger in car involved in collision

By Annamay McNally

Tributes have been paid to a "motivated and dedicated" nurse who died in a road crash in Co Antrim.

Friends of Shymol Thomas say she was "truly one in a million".

The 37-year-old was travelling as a front seat passenger in a red Toyota Yaris that collided with a black Volkswagen Passat on Friday evening.

She worked as a nurse in Antrim Area Hospital and was married with three children.

The driver of the car in which Ms Thomas was travelling was critically injured in the collision, which occurred just before 6.45pm on the A26 Crankill Road near Ballymena.

Two rear passengers in the car sustained injuries which are not thought to be life-threatening, police said.

Two male occupants of the Passat were taken to hospital for treatment, but have since been discharged.

The Air Ambulance was dispatched to the scene with a medical team on board, and the Northern Ireland Ambulance Service (NIAS) said three people were taken to the Royal Victoria Hospital in Belfast.

A news website for the Malayalee community, of which Shymol was a much-loved member, reported that she was travelling with a friend, also a nurse, as well as the driver's son and a friend.

According to BritishMalayali.co.uk, Shymol and her husband Nelson John had lived in Antrim for around 15 years and both have strong links to the Malayalee community there.

Tributes have been paid to Shymol by friends, with one posting on social media: "We lost an amazing friend!

"Shymol was the most motivated and dedicated person we know, she always poured her heart into everything she did and was truly one in a million. A tribute to our Shymol... your eternal candle still burns bright!"

Police are continuing to appeal for witnesses to the collision to get in touch.

PSNI Inspector Marc Riddell urged anyone with information to come forward.

"I would like to hear from anyone who saw either vehicle on the Crankill Road prior to the time of the crash, or anyone who may have witnessed the collision or captured dash cam footage of it. Officers can be contacted by calling 101, quoting reference 1558 21/06/19."

The Ambulance Service said: "NIAS dispatched two rapid response paramedics, four emergency crews and one ambulance officer to the scene.

"The charity Air Ambulance was also dispatched to the incident with a HEMS (helicopter emergency medical service) team on board.

"Following initial treatment at the scene, three people were taken to Belfast Royal Victoria Hospital by land ambulance."

So far this year 23 people have been killed on Northern Ireland's roads.

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