Belfast Telegraph

Woman dies after crash at blackspot

By Deborah McAleese

A woman has died following a horrific car crash in Co Down yesterday.

It is understood the woman was driving on the Hilltown Road, Rathfriland, at around 1.30pm when the car she was travelling in left the road and overturned in a field.

The road was closed to traffic for a short time as police attempted to clear the scene and carry out their inquiries in a bid to determine how the accident occurred.

The PSNI was unable to confirm the fatality last night, although one eyewitness said the woman died at the scene of the accident.

“The emergency services arrived quickly at the scene but they were unable to save the woman,” he said. “It looked like a very nasty accident.

“I was not surprised when the policeman at the scene advised me that someone had died.”

Concern has been raised that the stretch of road where the accident occurred is particularly dangerous for motorists.

SDLP South Down MLA Karen McKevitt said she was deeply saddened by the tragedy.

“It’s with great sadness the community have heard of the fatality on the Newry Road. It can be quite a dangerous road and, unfortunately, this is not the first fatality to occur on this stretch,” she said.

Ms McKevitt added: “Terrible news has been given to a family today and it’s very sad. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends.”

Yesterday’s crash is close to the spot where three cars were involved in a smash in July. A teenager was arrested at the time on suspicion of dangerous driving after the three-car pile-up. Two men were seriously injured.

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