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Six die in weekend of roads carnage

The devastated family of a Co Antrim man killed in a car crash was last night trying to cope with a second tragedy in just three years.

Alastair Armstrong, a sheep farmer from Broughshane, died in a head-on collision on the Frosses Road, outside Ballymena, in the early hours of Saturday morning.

The 45-year-old father-of-three had lost his son, Aaron, in May 2004, when the 12-year-old Cambridge House pupil took his own life after being bullied.

Mr Armstrong died in the accident, along with Marjorie Joan Kerr, a 48-year-old woman from Ballymoney, when their vehicles - a green Mazda and silver Citroen - collided at around 2am.

Another man inside one of the cars was taken to hospital, although his injuries are not thought to be life threatening.

Speaking last night, local DUP councillor Paul Frew said: "It was a terrible tragedy on a very difficult stretch of road."

Mr Armstrong is survived by his wife Lorraine and daughters Jordan and Bethany.

Just hours later on Saturday, two women, aged 31 and 57, were killed in another accident on the Culmore Road, near Thornhill in Co Londonderry around 9.30am. Police have not yet released their names. A third person was injured in the smash.

Earlier, on Friday, teenager Niall Gerard McGowan, was killed in a car crash at around 10.20pm. The 19-year-old student was a passenger in a Ford Fiesta which was involved in an accident with a Daihatsu 4x4 vehicle on the Castlewellan Road near Newcastle.

Two passengers in the Fiesta were taken to hospital and the Daihatsu driver was treated for leg injuries. In total, six people - including Co Londonderry teenager Karl McAuley - died at the weekend, bringing to 97 the number of road deaths here this year.

Meanwhile, a nine-year-old girl was recovering in hospital yesterday after being injured in a Derry hit and run crash, involving a stolen car.

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