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Man who died in Coleraine lorry crash named as Peter Smyth

Mr Smyth has been described as "a lovely genuine person".

The scene of a serious crash involving a van and a lorry on the main Coleraine to Garvagh road on Wednesday afternoon. The air ambulance attended the scene. Picture Margaret McLaughlin 20-2-2019 ©
The scene of a serious crash involving a van and a lorry on the main Coleraine to Garvagh road on Wednesday afternoon. The air ambulance attended the scene. Picture Margaret McLaughlin 20-2-2019 ©
One patient has been taken to hospital.

By Mark Edwards

A man who died in a crash involving a van and lorry near Coleraine has been named locally as Peter Smyth.

Mr Smyth was driving a transit van that was involved in a crash with a lorry shortly before 1.25pm on the Drumcroon Road.

The driver of the lorry was not seriously injured. The road remains closed at this time.

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Peter Smyth. Credit: Kevin McAuley.

SDLP councillor Stephanie Quigley said: "I am so sad to hear of this tragic accident. I knew Peter and I was talking to him a few weeks ago on Castlerock beach when he was out walking with his son.

"Peter was such a lovely genuine person, a real hardworking family man. 

"My thoughts and prayers are with his loving parents James and Eithne and the entire family circle . It is just heartbreaking for children to lose their daddy at such a young age.

"The Smyth family are well known and loved in this area and I am sure that this tight-knit community will be a great support at this difficult time. I know that their deep Christian faith will be a comfort to them now and in the days that lie ahead."

Mr Smyth was a member of a cycling group called Bann Wheelers.

Posting on the group's Facebook page, Antony Lafferty wrote: "It's with grave regret that we are posting tonight about the tragic loss of one our long standing members, Peter Smyth. Peter died this afternoon in a road accident.

"Deep condolences to Peter's family, Caroline and his children.

"He will be very sadly missed, not only by his family and friends, but by all who got to know a genuine and very likeable character. RIP Peter."

A spokesman for the Northern Ireland Ambulance Service said it received a call at 1.21pm.

NIAS despatched one rapid response paramedic, one emergency crew and one officer to the scene.

The charity air ambulance was also tasked to the incident.

Following assessment and initial treatment at the scene, one patient was transferred to the Causeway Hospital, Coleraine.

Sinn Fein MLA Caoimhe Archibald said: "There is a deep sense of shock in the local community at the news that a man has died in a tragic collision on the Drumcoon Road this afternoon. 

"Any death on our roads is one too many.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with this man’s family and friends at this sad and difficult time.”

Inspector Colin Shaw is appealing for anyone who witnessed the collision or anyone who was travelling on the Drumcroon Road and who has dash-cam footage of the collision to contact local officers in Coleraine or the Collision Investigation Unit on 101 quoting reference 595 20/02/19.

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