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Three lose their lives in weekend of carnage on roads

Three people have died after a weekend of carnage on the roads, with two of the victims dying just five miles apart in separate accidents.

Sheep farmer Peter Francis Devlin (63) died at 1.30pm on Saturday when his car was involved in a collision with a lorry on the Belfast to Downpatrick Road.

The driver of the lorry and his passenger were taken to hospital with injuries that are not believed to be life-threatening.

Just four miles away in Kilcoo, Martin Walls was killed after he was hit by a car at around 10.15pm that night.

SDLP South Down MLA Margaret Ritchie said people in the Kilcoo area were “stunned” by the double fatality.

“It was with sadness that I learned of the second tragedy connected to the village in less than 24 hours and local people are stunned and saddened,” she said.

“The thoughts and prayers of the whole community of Kilcoo and Hilltown are with the families of the deceased at this time and I know that the close communities in the two areas will provide the support necessary to help the families through these distressing times.”

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On Sunday, a 49-year-old woman was killed in a motorbike accident on the Hightown Road in Glengormley at 11am.

It is understood she was a pillion passenger on the motorbike and when the driver was forced to suddenly swerve to avoid a car edging out on to the main road, the woman fell off and died of her injuries. She is believed to be a foreign national.

Newtownabbey DUP councillor Nigel Hamilton expressed his sadness at the death and urged motorists to drive carefully.

“The community is greatly shocked by this tragic accident,” he said.

“I would extend my condolences to the family of the woman and advise motorists to try and take care on the roads.”

However despite the three deaths at the weekend, deaths on roads are down by a half compared to this time last year.

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