Belfast Telegraph

Woman dies and baby critical after three vehicle crash

By David Young

A woman was killed and a baby was last night fighting for life in hospital after a three-vehicle road crash on the A2 between Belfast and Bangor.

The accident happened at around 3.50pm yesterday on the busy road near the Ballyrobert junction.

The name of the woman who died has not yet been released.

A spokesperson for the Royal Hospital for Sick Children said that the child was in a critical condition.

A man, believed to have been in a separate car, was taken to the Ulster Hospital in Dundonald for treatment to injuries suffered in the incident.

He was in a stable condition in hospital last night.

The main A2 road was closed last night as police began their investigation.

It reopened on Saturday morning.

A spokesman for the NI Ambulance Service said that three accident and emergency crews,  three rapid response paramedics and an ambulance officer attended the scene, where they gave emergency aid to the injured. The air ambulance also attended the scene.

Local Ards and North Down councillor Stephen Dunne said the accident happened at a very busy junction — which sees around 45,000 vehicle movements through it every day.

Speaking last night, Mr Dunne sent his sympathy to those involved in the crash and said more needed to be done to increase road safety on the A2.

“My thoughts and prayers go out to those who have been injured and their families. It’s an awful thing to have happened.”

He added: “The average speed cameras have made a difference — but clearly it’s not enough. I know there have been discussions on the matter — but we need to keep pushing for improvements.

On Saturday Alliance councillor Andrew Muir called for authorities to explore further safety measures on the road.

He said: “My thoughts and sympathies are with the loved ones of the woman who died. I am praying the child involved in this incident makes a full and speedy recovery.

“This unfortunately is not the first incident that has led to a death on this road, which is an incredibly busy stretch built in 1968 and now facilitating over 40,000 vehicles per day.

“Whilst the average speed camera system has significantly reduced the number of people killed and seriously injured on the road, this tragic incident must surely act as prompt to explore what  more safety measures could be installed to prevent any further deaths or injuries occurring.”

North Down MLA Alan Chambers said how saddened he was to hear about the crash.

“This is a road that needs more safety features,” he tweeted.

In another incident earlier yesterday, a girl was rushed to the Ulster Hospital after being involved in a collision with a car on the Belfast Road in Downpatrick.

A South Eastern Health and Social Services Trust spokeswoman said last night that the girl’s condition was “stable”.

And a man remains critically ill in Craigavon Area Hospital after being seriously injured in a collision with a car at Dobbins Road outside Portadown late on Thursday night.

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