Belfast Telegraph

Northern Ireland man Alan Neill dies in Scottish crash

By Gerald Lennon

A 70-year-old man from Co Tyrone was killed in a road crash in Scotland over the weekend.

Alan Neill from Stewartstown was involved in a three-vehicle collision at around 2.45am on Saturday on the A75 near the Castle Cary Holiday Park.

The Northern Irishman's Ford Ranger pick-up and a silver Suzuki Swift car collided with a Scania lorry on the A75 near Creetown in Dumfries and Galloway.

A 43-year-old woman who was driving the car was taken to the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital in Glasgow by air ambulance with serious back injuries. Her 14-year-old female passenger was unharmed.

Mr Neill was towing a trailer with 12 dogs inside.

Two of the animals were killed in the crash and another two were taken to the local SSPCA to be treated for their injuries.

The 25-year-old lorry driver was uninjured.

Elsewhere, a young motorcyclist from Armagh who died following a road traffic collision in Banbridge has been named.

Firefighter Gary Bernard Hamilton (27) was driving his Yamaha bike along the Castlewellan Road on Sunday when the incident occurred.

Chief Fire and Rescue Officer Gary Thompson yesterday said: "On behalf of NIFRS, I extend our deepest sympathies to Gary's family.

"Our thoughts are with his partner Aisling, his parents Brian and Geraldine and sister Claire at this tragic time.

"He was a dedicated and popular colleague. His loss will be deeply felt not only by his colleagues in Portadown and Armagh but by the entire service."

Mr Hamilton was based at the Portadown station and Armagh Retained.

UUP councillor Glenn Barr passed on his condolences.

He said: "Thoughts and prayers from the local community. Banbridge sends its best wishes to the family."

The police are appealing for anyone who was travelling on the Castlewellan Road and might have seen the motorcycle prior to the crash, witnessed the fatal incident, or managed to capture dashcam footage to contact officers in Lurgan or the Collision Investigation Unit.

There have been 24 fatalities in road related incidents in Northern Ireland this year, with the majority of those killed being male, according to statistics from the PSNI.

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