Belfast Telegraph

Tributes paid to crash victim (26) on another day of road accidents

By Jonathan Bell and David Young

Tributes have been paid to Saintfield woman Rebecca Blackwood, who died in a road accident near Killinchy.

The 26-year-old, known as 'Reba' to her family and friends, had sustained injuries when her blue Toyota Yaris was in a collision on the Killyleagh Road around 12.30am on Wednesday.

Jess Delaney became good friends with Rebecca before she moved to Luton in England, having met through mutual friends.

"She made me laugh so much showing me faces she would pull to get attention," Jess said.

"Like she didn't care what people thought, she was just being herself.

"Last time I saw her we enjoyed seeing The Prodigy together and it was a brilliant day...

"I'll always remember that day now.

"She was just a kind, beautiful, sweet soul, who enjoyed the good and simple things in life. It's a cruel world."

Pal Matthew Denvir said: "She was a really cool person, down to earth and very friendly - she was great craic. A friend messaged me to say she had died and it was a complete shock to the system.

"She was a person that everyone just liked."

Yesterday there was a series of crashes on the roads, which left four people in hospital.

There were two collisions on the M2 close to Belfast, which closed one of the busiest stretches of motorway causing gridlock in the afternoon.

One collision took place near the Applegreen service station at Templepatrick on the country-bound carriageway, and the other at Fortwilliam on the citybound side, where a motorcyclist was in collision with a trailer just after 2pm yesterday afternoon.

A spokesman for the Northern Ireland Ambulance Service (NIAS) said two rapid response paramedics and an A&E crew attended the incident, as did the Air Ambulance.

Following initial treatment at the scene, one patient was taken to Belfast's Royal Victoria Hospital where his condition was last night described as serious.

At the scene of the crash on the M2 near Templepatrick, NIAS paramedics were able to give first aid at the scene.

None of the injured required hospital treatment.

Meanwhile in Londonderry, the A2 Clooney Road in the city was closed in both directions following an incident involving a van and a tractor which resulted in the van plunging into the River Foyle.

The Air Ambulance was also called to assist.

Following an extensive multi-agency operation involving NI Fire and Rescue Service, NIAS, PSNI and Foyle Search and Rescue, three patients were assessed, treated and taken to Altnagelvin Hospital, an NIAS spokesman said.

There were no details of the seriousness of their injuries.

On the north coast, a car exploded into a ball of flames on the Hillside Road between Armoy and Ballycastle.

Astonishingly, the driver of the car escaped without injury.

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