Belfast Telegraph

Weekend of tragedy as two killed in road accidents

By Adrian Rutherford

Two people have been killed in separate accidents in another weekend of tragedy on Northern Ireland’s roads.

A woman died in a two-car collision at an accident blackspot outside Ballymoney.

She was named locally as Shirley McCauley from Knockhill Park in the town.

It is understood that Mrs McCauley, who was 53, was travelling with her son. She worked as a secretary at Dalriada preparatory school.

Hours later a 33-year-old pedestrian was killed in an accident near Newtownabbey.

Police said the accident, involving one vehicle, occurred on the Doagh Road close to the Nortel factory around 10.50pm last night.

Another male pedestrian, also aged 33, was taken to the Royal Victoria Hospital with serious injuries.

Newtownabbey Alliance councillor Tom Campbell said he was deeply saddened.

“I would like to offer my condolences to the family — my thoughts are with them at this sad time,” he said.

“The Executive must do more to improve road safety as one death on the road is too many. A tragedy like this can be devastating for family and friends.”

This morning a traffic collision on the Westlink in Belfast brought traffic to a standstill and led to long tailbacks.

Yesterday’s accident near Ballymoney occurred on the Frosses Road around lunchtime.

It is believed that Mrs McCauley was travelling in a silver Vauxhall car heading in the direction of Coleraine which was in collision with another vehicle going in the opposite direction.

North Antrim MLA Mervyn Storey, who is from Ballymoney, said his thoughts and prayers were with the victim’s family.

“Yet another family has been plunged into sorrow and a women has tragically lost her life,” he said.

“It is particularly sad that this accident occurred just hours after police and the Roads Service were warning motorists to be cautious on Sunday as icy conditions were affecting roads across Northern Ireland.”

Mr Storey said the scene of the accident had been badly affected by the snow and severe wintry conditions in recent days.

“Earlier this week the road almost came to a standstill as it was in a treacherous condition and was indeed closed for a time today to remove a lorry that had crashed a few days ago,” he added.

The Frosses Road links Ballymena and Ballymoney and has gained a reputation as an accident blackspot due to the number of fatalities on the route in recent years.

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