Tributes paid to tragic carers Lorraine Clyde and Michelle McStravick

Michelle McStravick

Michelle McStravick

Warm tributes have been paid to tragic carers Michelle McStravick and Lorraine Clyde who died in an horrific crash outside Randalstown yesterday, on social media.

Michelle McStravick, 35, from Randalstown - who had a teenage daughter - died along with 56-year-old Lorraine Clyde, who was from the Antrim area, following the incident on the Church Road near Randalstown shortly before 8am.

Flowers left at the scene where two care home workers and friends were killed in a car accident in Randalstown yesterday

Flowers left at the scene where two care home workers and friends were killed in a car accident in Randalstown yesterday

Ms McStravick had been a popular fitness competitor, winning trophies for body-building.

Meanwhile Mrs Clyde, had been well-known in Antrim as a patrol lady for St Comgall’s Primary School in Antrim.

The pair had been travelling in a grey-coloured Citroen C1 car which was in collision with a silver-coloured Ford Focus at the Moneyrod Road junction.

A man and woman travelling in the second car sustained non-life threatening injuries.

Flowers left at the scene where two care home workers and friends were killed in a car accident in Randalstown yesterday

Flowers left at the scene where two care home workers and friends were killed in a car accident in Randalstown yesterday

On Facebook, one user told of his shock at the death of Mrs Clyde who “always treated me as part of her own family”.

He wrote: “Couldn’t believe the news earlier, Lorraine always treated me as part of her own family, was always smiling and having the best craic taking me and James to rugby and was always at the Matches, you could tell the love was unreal for her family! My thoughts are with the Clyde family at this time!”

Another post, also telling of the shock at the horror crash said: “So sad, such a tragic loss of two lives, carers from home care independent living carrying out their work , thoughts and prayers to Michelle and lorraine and their families.

“Lorraine worked as a lollipop lady in my children’s primary school, cannot believe this , words cannot describe this tragedy.”

The scene of the crash on the Church Road in Randalstown

The scene of the crash on the Church Road in Randalstown

Meanwhile, in another post a Facebook user spoke of his sadness at the death of champion bodybuilder Michelle McStravick.

“I had the great pleasure in knowing Michelle McStravick all my life and when I heard the sad news that see had passed away my heart just exploded still cant believe it,” he said. “Michelle was always into fitness running for years and then she decided to do a bodybuilding show. Well some thought see was mad but I thought good on you girl always follow your heart no matter what and she did. The last show I seen her doing was PCA show earlier this year and I have added some photos I took when we where there and as always she was always up for a chat and a good old laugh. My thoughts and prayers are with her family at this terrible time. RIP we will all miss you so so much XXXX.

No funeral arrangements have been made for the women.

According to Funeral Times Michelle is survived by her daughter Cliodhan, parents Edward and Elizabeth, brothers and wider family circle.