Belfast Telegraph

Teen Clodagh Arbuckle fights for life after two killed in horror crash

By Rebecca Black

A teenager remains in a critical condition in hospital following a horror Easter crash which has claimed the lives of two young men.

Clodagh Arbuckle (18), was last night still fighting for her life after two cars were involved in a head on collision on the Cushendall Road near Ballycastle, Co Antrim, in the early hours of Easter Monday.

Flowers and tributes have been left at the roadside where the crash took place.

The tight-knit community in the north Antrim town has been left in shock by the crash, and is preparing for a day of sadness tomorrow when one of the victims, Johnny Black (19), will be laid to rest.

The other man killed was 26-year-old Robin William Lamont Wilson, from Armoy.

A 36-year-old woman who had previously been in a critical condition in the Royal Victoria Hospital in Belfast is now described as being "stable".

Four others, three men and a woman, all aged in their 20s, were stable at the Causeway Hospital in Coleraine.

The deaths of the two young men has brought to four the number of people killed on Northern Ireland's roads over the Easter Bank Holiday weekend.

A funeral will take place for Mr Black at St Patrick's Church in Ballyvoy, followed by interment in the adjoining cemetery.

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

Mr Black has been described locally as a popular young man.

He had been working in his father's haulage business, and it was intended that he would one day take over the running of the business.

Local independent councillor Padraig McShane said the death of the young man has left the area reeling.

"Young Johnny Black was an extremely popular lad among his peers.

"He would drive lorries the length and breadth of Ireland," he said.

"To lose his life in this manner has left the area reeling. Those who had the task of responding to the scene are in shock."

Tributes have also been paid to Mr Wilson from Armoy.

Former Ballymoney mayor Bill Kennedy, who is a family friend, said that his death has sent "shockwaves through the community", and described his passion for cars.

It is understood that funeral details for Mr Wilson have not yet been finalised.

The deaths of the two young men have brought to four the number of people killed on Northern Ireland's roads over the Easter Bank Holiday weekend.

Police have issued an appeal for information about the road crash and is urging motorists to be cautious.

Fifteen people have been killed on our roads to date this year.

"Inattention, excessive speed for the conditions, and drink or drug-driving are consistently the principal causes of the collisions in which people are killed or seriously injured," the PSNI warned.

"Over the coming week, we will have additional police resources on the roads and will be liaising closely with the An Garda Siochana Traffic Corps in the border counties."

Belfast Telegraph

Daily News Headlines Newsletter

Today's news headlines, directly to your inbox.


From Belfast Telegraph