Belfast Telegraph

Poignant tributes as first victim of horror Ballycastle road crash buried

By Rebecca Black

The funeral is set to take place of the first victim of a horror road crash.

Two young men were killed when two cars were involved in a head-on collision in the early hours of Easter Monday.

An 18-year-old girl remains fighting for her life in hospital, while a 36-year-old woman's condition has improved.

A PSNI investigation into the crash remains ongoing and officers have appealed to anyone who may have witnessed the crash or who was travelling along the Cushendall Road just outside Ballycastle at around 3.40am on Easter Monday to come forward.

Two cars - a Peugeot 207 and a Volkswagen Bora - were involved in the collision.

The force of the impact resulted in the deaths of two men - Johnny Black (19) from Ballycastle and Robin Wilson (26) from Armoy.

One of the emergency workers described it as the worst crash scene he has ever seen.

Flowers from their families and friends yesterday marked the spot on the road where the collision took place.

The message on one of the bouquets read: "Rest in peace son. Love mum and dad. Love you always".

Another addressed to Mr Wilson read: "Robby, can't believe you are gone. Missing you already. Never forget you. Thanks for the memories. Fly high".

The funeral for Mr Black is set to take place this morning.

One of the lorries from the family haulage business is planned to be used as a hearse from the family home in Ballycastle to St Patrick's Church, Culfeightrin for Requiem Mass at noon.

Mr Black had worked for his father's business, Seamus Black Haulage, driving lorries all across Europe, and as the only son in the family had been expected to one day take over the running of it.

Mr Black has been described as an "extremely popular lad".

He is survived by his parents Seamus and Maureen, as well as his sister Nuala and girlfriend Christine.

The funeral of the second man killed in the crash, Robin Wilson, will take place tomorrow morning. It will be conducted by the family minister Rev Peter Turton at noon from his mother's home in Bushmills, before burial at Armoy Presbyterian Churchyard.

He is survived by his parents Andrew and Patricia, along with his three brothers Graham, Marc and Matthew.

Two women remain in the Royal Victoria Hospital in Belfast.

The condition of schoolgirl Clodagh Arbuckle was described as critical last night.

A 36-year-old woman's condition has improved from critical to stable.

Four others were kept overnight in the Causeway Hospital, but are understood to have been discharged.

The total number of road deaths in Northern Ireland this year is now 15.

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