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One arrest over death of elderly woman after two-vehicle collision in Portadown

Forensic experts and emergency services at the scene of yesterday’s fatal road accident at Northway in Portadown
Forensic experts and emergency services at the scene of yesterday’s fatal road accident at Northway in Portadown

By Staff Reporter

An elderly woman has died following a two-vehicle collision in Portadown yesterday.

The victim - who was in her 70s - was the passenger in a blue Peugeot 108, which was involved in a collision with a silver Honda Accord on the town's Northway shortly before 2pm.

The male driver of the Peugeot, who is also thought to be in his 70s, was taken to hospital for treatment to injuries that were described as very serious.

The 54-year-old male driver of the other car was arrested at the scene on suspicion of dangerous driving.

A spokesman for the Ambulance Service said they had received a call at 1.48pm reporting a two-vehicle road traffic collision.

Two ambulance crews were sent to the crash site. The charity air ambulance was also scrambled to the scene of the collision.

One person was taken to the Royal Victoria Hospital, the spokesman told the Belfast Telegraph.

As the police investigation into the cause of the fatal incident got under way, PSNI spokesman Inspector Brian Mills said yesterday afternoon that the Northway would remain closed while officers examine the area of the collision.

"I am appealing for witnesses or anyone who may have captured dashcam footage to get in touch by calling 101," the officer added.

Upper Bann DUP MLA Jonathan Buckley said: "Very sad news from Portadown today. A woman has died and a man seriously injured following a two-vehicle collision on the Northway.

"Our roads can be a dangerous and cruel place.

"My thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of those affected."

The woman's death brings to 32 the number of people who have died on Northern Ireland's roads this year.

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