Belfast Telegraph

Man (20) killed in Co Armagh crash

By Allan Preston

A crash near Portadown that claimed the life of a 20-year-old man has devastated a rural community.

The victim, who is yet to be named, died after his red Peugeot 207 collided with a JCB plant machinery vehicle on Derryanvil Road shortly before 10am yesterday.

The driver of the JCB was treated for minor injuries at the scene. Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Lord Mayor Darryn Causby said people in the area had been left shaken by the news.

"All I know is that it's a quiet rural community near Derryanvil - nothing like that ever happens out there and people are just shocked that it happened in their area."

DUP councillor Johnny Garvey tweeted to say he was "devastated to learn that a young man has lost his life due to a collision that took place on the Derryanvil Road, Portadown, this morning".

Local Ulster Unionist councillor Arnold Hatch added that the long country road where the crash took place was full of twists and turns, and would often be used by farm vehicles.

Photographs at the scene showed the front half of 20-year-old's car completely crushed, with the JCB appearing to sustain little damage.

Derryanvil Road was closed in both directions yesterday following the collision and was finally reopened to traffic just before 4.30pm.

A resident on a nearby farm said the collision happened at the end of their lane, leaving them unable to access the main road while police conducted their investigations.

A Fire and Rescue Service spokesman said it was tasked to the scene at 9.47am, with two appliances from Portadown and one from Lurgan involved in the callout.

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