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US honeymooner Michael Monroe dies in crash near Game of Thrones Dark Hedges in Northern Ireland

The Dark Hedges near Stranocum were featured in Game Of Thrones (Michael Cooper/Woodland Trust/PA)
The Dark Hedges near Stranocum were featured in Game Of Thrones (Michael Cooper/Woodland Trust/PA)
Dark Hedges
Mark Edwards

By Mark Edwards

A US tourist has died in a road accident in Northern Ireland, close the Dark Hedges in Co Antrim.

Police have named the victim as 31-year-old Michael Monroe from Orange, Connecticut. A woman aged in her 30’s remains in hospital being treated for injuries which are not thought to be life threatening.

The Belfast Telegraph understands Mr Monroe may have been visiting Northern Ireland on his honeymoon.  The accident happened on the Gracehill Road near Armoy.

The Dark Hedges have become a major tourist attraction since featuring in the popular Game of Thrones TV series.

A spokesman for the Northern Ireland Ambulance Service said it received a report of a two vehicle collision on the road at 7.10pm yesterday.

A rapid response paramedic and two A&E crews were sent to the scene.

Two patients were treated at the scene before being taken to Causeway Hospital in Coleraine.

Councillor Cara McShane said: "The news just coming through will reverberate around the community very quickly.

"I would like to express my sympathies on behalf of the people in this area. My thoughts and prayers are with all of those involved. It just re-emphasises for us all to take care on the roads.

"The infrastructure around the Dark Hedges needs looked at and it should become a priority for all statutory bodies."

The Sinn Fein councillor said there has been a huge increase in the number of tourists flocking to the area over the past five years. She added: "Clearly the infrastructure has not been developed in line with the increase in visitors.

"That goes for a huge part of our coastline as well. It is only a matter of time there will be more accidents unless urgent action is taken.

"Unfortunately any action has come too late for one family."

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