Belfast Telegraph

Prayers for family of Wilson Atchison killed in two-vehicle collision

By Donna Deeney

A man who died in a road collision in Co Fermanagh on Friday morning has been named locally as Wilson Atchison.

Mr Atchison (42) - who was from the Bushmills area and married with three daughters - was a well-known and highly respected member of the local farming community.

He was also an active member of Ballyrashane Presbyterian Church.

His funeral will take place at the church tomorrow, at 2.30pm.

He will be interred afterwards at Ballywillan Cemetery.

Prayers were said for Mr Atchison and his family at the church yesterday morning.

East Londonderry MLA Maurice Bradley, who is also a member of Ballyrashane Presbyterian, offered his condolences to the grieving family.

He said: "We were shocked to hear the news that Wilson Atchison had died in such tragic circumstances. He was remembered in prayers in church, as was his family.

"He was a very active member of our church and took part in the Children's Day last Sunday.

"It is very sad for our congregation and I offer my deepest condolences to his wife, children and wider family at this difficult time."

Mr Atchison passed away from injuries he sustained in a two-vehicle crash on the A4 near Brookeborough last Friday morning.

The incident happened on the busy main road between Fivemiletown and Maguiresbridge at around 9am.

The PSNI is investigating the fatal incident and is appealing for witnesses to come forward.

Officers are keen to hear from anyone who was travelling on the Belfast Road at around the time of the crash and who may have witnessed it or captured dashcam footage that could assist with the investigation.

In a statement on Facebook, Mr Atchison's employers at Stephen Moore Farm Machinery said: "We are deeply sorry to have to announce the funeral arrangements for our close friend and Sales Manager, Wilson Atchison.

"Sincere thanks for all the phone calls and messages of support to date.

"He will be very much missed."

Others on Facebook described him as a "true gentleman" and some recalled meeting him at Ballymoney Agricultural Show.

Former colleague Stuart Gilpin wrote: "So tragic, such a sad loss of a genuinely good bloke who I had the privilege to work with.

"I know he will be sadly missed by his family, work colleagues and friends."

Meanwhile, a cyclist has been taken to hospital following a collision on a road between Antrim and Ballymena.

Inspector Arnie O'Neill said: "The male cyclist, who is understood to be in his 30s, was struck by a car on the Lisnevenagh Road at around 10.30am yesterday morning. He is believed to be in a critical but stable condition at present.

"Anyone who witnessed the collision but has not yet spoken to police is asked to call 101, quoting reference number 593 10/06/18."

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