Belfast Telegraph

Motorist loses life in Lisburn road crash

By Allan Preston

Tributes have been paid to a man in his 60s who died yesterday afternoon in a two-vehicle car crash in Lisburn.

The collision happened just after 3pm on the junction of Wallace Avenue and the Belfast Road.

It is understood the man, who has not yet been named, was the driver of one of the vehicles.

Both Wallace Avenue and the Belfast Road area remained closed to traffic for several hours yesterday while police attended the scene.

The man's death is the second on Lisburn's roads in recent weeks after Syrian dentist Mahfouz Balid was killed after being knocked off his bike by a lorry.

Lisburn Ulster Unionist councillor Jenny Palmer said she heard one of the cars had crashed near the front gate of Seymour Street Methodist Church.

"It's very tragic circumstances," she said.

"It's a very sad occasion, that's the second fatality in Lisburn in a few weeks with the cyclist.

"My heart goes out to the family and those involved.

"Obviously there's two cars involved in that accident and I don't know how many people have been injured."

Police are still working to determine what caused the crash and remained at the scene until last night.

Posting online, Seymour Street Methodist Church said: "We are very saddened by the news of the death of a driver involved in a collision near our church gate this afternoon.

"We offer our heartfelt condolences to the bereaved family."

One church member, Peter McCormack, said: "Condolences to all involved.

"That can be a confusing and hectic set of lights. I hate crossing as a pedestrian."

Yesterday's victim was the 15th person to die on our roads this year - one more than at the same time last year.

PSNI Inspector Jim McGrillen said: "I would ask anyone who witnessed the collision to contact Lisburn Police Station or the collision investigation unit on the non-emergency number 101."

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