Belfast Telegraph

Lisburn crash pensioner is 26th fatality on roads so far this year

By Joanne Fleming

Golfers playing a round heard the loud bang of a car crash that killed an 80-year-old man at the weekend.

The incident, which involved three vehicles, occurred at Temple near Lisburn on the A24 Carryduff Road at around 5.15pm on Friday.

The victim was a passenger in one of the vehicles. Two other people, including a pregnant woman, were injured.

Players on the course at nearby Temple Golf Club reported hearing a loud bang as the collision occurred, but the crash is not understood to be connected to the club in any way. The 80-year-old victim is not thought to be from the area.

DUP councillor Uel Mackin, who lives near the crash scene, said he was saddened to hear of another tragedy on Northern Ireland's roads.

"I would like to extend my condolences to the family of the elderly gentleman and hope the other people involved are not badly injured," he said.

"It is not an accident blackspot, but this is an extremely fast stretch of road which leads into a sweeping bend. There have been three or four accidents over the last five or so years. This has been for all kinds of reasons, overtaking and speeding principally. We will have to see if there are any road safety measures which need to be considered."

Alliance councillor Geraldine Rice also offered her condolences to the family of the elderly man.

"It is always very concerning to hear of a crash of this nature," she said.

The Dromara road in Dromore was also closed from 10am on Saturday after a serious one-vehicle crash. The road, which was closed at its junctions with the Island Hill Road and the Oak Hill Road, reopened later that evening.

There were no life-threatening injuries and police have not issued an appeal for information on this crash.

Friday's fatality brings the number of people killed on Northern Ireland's roads this year to 26.

According to an analysis of accident figures published by the RAC Foundation and the Parliamentary Advisory Committee for Transport Safety, Northern Ireland is making better progress in cutting the numbers of those killed and seriously injured on the roads than other UK regions.

The analysis came in a report which showed the reduction between 2010 and 2013 compared with the period 2005 to 2009.

Regionally, the reduction rates were: London 36%, Northern Ireland 35%, Scotland 33%, England (excluding London) 19% and Wales 15%.

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