Death toll on Northern Ireland’s roads continues to rise

Police at the accident scene at the Magheralane Road in Randalstown
Police at the accident scene at the Magheralane Road in Randalstown

One man has died and another remains critically ill as the road death toll in Northern Ireland continues to mount.

The man who died was a pedestrian struck by a lorry close to the M1 motorway roundabout at Moira on Wednesday morning.

The collison occurred on the A26 Glenavy Road around 7.30am.

Police closed the road for several hours while specialist investigators examined the crash scene before the road was reopened around 1pm.

It was cordoned off again between 7pm and 8pm again on Wednesday night to facilitate an accident reconstruction.

The pedestrian was the 72nd person to be killed on Northern Ireland’s roads this year, compared to 77 by the same date last year.

In a separate incident in Co Antrim on Tuesday night, two men were injured as a result of a collision on the Magheralane Road in Randalstown.

It is understood only one vehicle was involved in the crash.

One of the two men was taken to Belfast’s Royal Victoria Hospital where his condition was described as “critical”.

The second man involved was reported to have also been seriously injured.

The Magheralane Road remained was closed on Wednesday morning with motorists being diverted via Caddy Rd and the Craigstown Rd.

It was eventually reopened to traffic shortly after 2pm.

Anyone who was travelling on the Glenavy Road on Wednesday morning and witnessed the collision is asked to contact police at Lisburn, or the Collision Investigation Unit at Sprucefield on 101.

Police are also appealing for information in relation to the serious collision in Randalstown.

Several other roads across Northern Ireland were closed on Wednesday evening following collisions.

Around 6pm, police closed the Ballyduggan Road in Downpatrick, Co Down in both directions and motorists experienced delays due to diversions.

In Belfast, there were long delays early in the evening due to a collision on the Sydenham bypass.

Commenting after the Downpatrick collision, SDLP councillor Colin McGrath said there were a number of other minor collisions on the same main road.

“With overnight heavy rain and winds combined with an increase in traffic flow, I would urge extra caution on our roads this Christmas time,” Mr McGrath added.

Meanwhile, police investigating a fatal road crash on the Omagh Road near Ballygawley last Thursday (December 17) have appealed for the driver of a black VW Transporter van to contact them.

The van driver is understood to have administered first aid to one of the injured in the collision between the VW and a Toyota Hilux.

Constable Peter Grimes said police believe he may have information which could prove useful.

“We would ask him, or anyone with any information, to contact the Collision Investigation Unit at Sprucefield on 101,” Const Grimes said.