Belfast Telegraph

Man killed in road crash near Ballymena named as Anthony McGhee

By Claire Williamson

A 57-year-old man who died following a road collision near Ballymena has been named as Anthony McGhee.

The two-car smash occurred on the A26 Crankill Road on Tuesday evening.

Mr McGhee was from the Dunloy area.

Another casualty was taken to Antrim Area Hospital for treatment following the collision.

A spokeswoman for the Northern Trust last night confirmed that person was in a stable condition.

The crash involved a gold Nissan Quashquai and a silver Saab 9-3 car which was towing a trailer at the time.

An investigation is underway with police appealing for the driver of a white van who turned off the main carriageway and onto the Kildowney Road a short time before the collision, to get in touch, as officers believe they may have information which could assist the investigation.

Paramedics were sent to the scene after they received a call at around 6.30pm.

Three emergency crews attended, along with a rapid response vehicle and a doctor.

The A26 remained closed for the rest of the evening with the PSNI putting a series of diversions in place overnight.

Inspector Mick Wood said: "Witnesses are asked to contact police in Ballymena on 101 quoting reference number 1084 28/11/17.”

Before last night's accident, 61 people had died on Northern Ireland's roads so far this year.

That is down from 63 fatalities in the same period last year.

Meanwhile, emergency services were also called to a crash near the Culloden Hotel in Co Down. It happened at around 6.50pm.

The Bangor-bound lanes of the A2 near Station Road were closed due to the two-vehicle collision and diversions were put in place.

Two people were taken to hospital.

They were in a stable condition last night.

One of the patients suffered chest injuries.

Motorists were last night advised to exercise caution on the roads as surface temperatures fell below zero.

Gritting was carried out on the roads as a widespread frost developed.

The possibility of snow on high ground was also being predicted.

Today will see bright and sunny spells, with a scattering of showers.

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