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Northern Ireland road death toll now 16 after two die in separate crashes

The scene of the crash on Friday at Ballyutoag Road near Crumlin
The scene of the crash on Friday at Ballyutoag Road near Crumlin
Donna Deeney

By Donna Deeney

Two more people lost their lives on Northern Ireland's roads over the weekend.

They bring to 16 the grim toll of those who have died in collisions this year.

A crash on the A1 Banbridge Road in Dromore, Co Down, claimed the life of a man in a two-vehicle collision yesterday evening.

The road was closed in both directions between Boal's Lane and Mackey's Lane to the north, and Drumneath Road and Halfway Road to the south while emergency services attended the scene.

Rapid response paramedics along with emergency units and an air ambulance were scrambled.

Two other people were transferred to Daisy Hill Hospital with minor injuries.

The tragedy follows a fatal crash at Nutts Corner in Co Antrim in the early hours of Friday when Belfast man Jim McGranaghan (52) was killed.

Mr McGranaghan lost his life in a one-vehicle collision at the junction of Ballyutoag Road and Ballyutoag Hill shortly before 5.30am.

Two other men who were in the car with Mr McGranaghan were taken to hospital.

The fatal accident came less than two weeks after a crash on March 15 claimed the life of father-of-two Hamza Can on nearby Ballyhill Road.

Antrim and Newtownabbey mayor Paul Martin said that he intended to raise the issue of road safety with the authorities after this latest tragedy.

He said: "I was very sorry to hear that there has been a fatal crash in this area, coming so soon after a crash claimed the life of a man living in Crumlin close by.

"I know this area very well and it is a busy road that has Belfast traffic, the International Airport traffic and Nutts Corner roundabout, and while it wouldn't be known as an accident blackspot, the level of traffic has increased significantly in recent times.

"I think in light of this second fatality I am going to take this up with the Department for Infrastructure, because clearly any fatality is one too many, but to have two in the same month it raises deep concerns.

"I opened the council meeting last Monday night with a minute's silence for three people in our borough who had all died in road traffic incidents and now sadly we have another gentleman who passed away on our local roads. I would like to extend my heartfelt condolences to his family at this difficult time."

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