Call for action at ‘death-trap’ after A26 crash

Police at the scene of the crash on the A26 Pic Steven McAuley/McAuley Multimedia
Police at the scene of the crash on the A26 Pic Steven McAuley/McAuley Multimedia

A fresh call for action has been issued after a crash on the notorious stretch of the A26 left a woman very seriously injured.

The Lisnevenagh Road between Antrim and Ballymena has now reopened to traffic following this morning’s crash involving two vehicles.

Motorists were tailed back for miles around Randalstown as the main A26 road was closed for a number of hours.  Pic Steven McAuley/McAuley Multimedia

Motorists were tailed back for miles around Randalstown as the main A26 road was closed for a number of hours. Pic Steven McAuley/McAuley Multimedia

Police have issued an appeal for information in relation to the collision.

MLA Jim Allister issued a call for long overdue improvements to be carried out.

“Today’s further severe accident at Woodgreen junction on the A26 is a tragic reminder to government of the continuing failure to seriously address the fundamental issues at this death-trap junction,” he said. “After the death last February there was supposed to be a full review. I said then, and I repeat, if this was a junction on the A1 towards Dublin, then, it probably would have been upgraded with a fly-over and properly graded access lanes. The A26 deserves no less priority.”

Deputy Mayor, Cllr Timothy Gaston, added, “Having come across the scene of this accident today, I am perturbed not just by its dire consequences but the fact that once more this junction has proved to be a major hazard on the A26. We’ve had enough talk, now, we need action from the DRD minister.”

Anyone who was on that stretch of road close to the Woodgreen Road junction between 9.30am and 10am and witnessed the collision is asked to contact police in Ballymena on the non-emergency number 101.