Belfast Telegraph

Man killed and woman fights for life after Crumlin crash

By David Young

A man has died and a woman was left fighting for her life in hospital after the car they were travelling in crashed near the village of Crumlin.

The horrific incident happened early on Sunday morning near Belfast International Airport.

Ambulance crews rushed to the scene close to the Co Antrim village, but the man's life could not be saved.

The 21-year-old female driver of the car was rushed to the Royal Victoria Hospital, where she received emergency treatment for her injuries.

Last night the woman - who comes from the Crumlin area - remained in a critical condition in the Belfast hospital.

The man who died was aged 22 and was a passenger in the black Peugeot 207 which crashed on the Nutts Corner Road just before 7.20am.

Police said he came from the Belfast area, but have not yet released details of his identity or of the injured driver.

A green tarpaulin could be seen covering the car.

Antrim and Newtownabbey councillor Paul Michael described the fatal crash as a tragedy.

"My thoughts and sympathies go out to the family of the man who died, and to the young woman who's now in hospital.

"I hope she makes a complete and speedy recovery," he said.

Mr Michael admitted that the Nutts Corner Road and roundabout have worried local representatives on Newtownabbey and Antrim Council for some time.

"There have been accidents in the past, and lorries have even overturned there," he said.

"But nothing as tragic as this has happened there before.

He said that councillors had recently met the Department for Infrastructure to pass on their concerns about the road.

The PSNI's Inspector Pete Duncan requested any other drivers who were on the Nutts Corner Road when the crash happened to come forward.

"I am appealing to anyone who was travelling on the Nutts Corner Road around this time, or drivers who have a dash cam fitted to their vehicle to check their footage, and to contact police in Antrim on the non emergency number 101," the officer said.

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