Road death prompts safety review call for Antrim-Ballymena dual carriageway

The dual carriageway was closed until yesterday afternoon after the accident on Tuesday night
The dual carriageway was closed until yesterday afternoon after the accident on Tuesday night

Calls have been made for motorists to take care after a 62-year-old man died in hospital when his car was in collision with a lorry.

The collision took place along the Lisnevenagh Road outside Antrim around 8pm on Tuesday.

A man and a woman who had been travelling in the lorry sustained injuries that are not life-threatening, a PSNI spokesman said.

The man who died is the 58th person to die on Ulster’s roads this year.

This time last year 66 people had lost their lives on our roads.

The Lisnevenagh Road was closed on Tuesday night and remained closed until 3pm yesterday causing havoc for morning motorists who normally drive to work via the dual carriageway.

DUP MLA Trevor Clarke said: “Something like this is a reflection on our roads and we all need to take more care.”

Mr Clarke added: “This is another life lost unnecessarily and my thoughts are with the family at this terrible time.”

UUP councillor Drew Ritchie, who is secretary of the road safety committee at Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council, said they will ask Roads Service and the PSNI to “assess the Lisnevenagh Road and introduce measures to make it safer”.

“It is a very busy carriageway between Antrim and Ballymena with thousands of cars on it every day and lots of mini junctions along the route,” he added. “What happened here is a tragic loss of life.”

Meanwhile, SDLP councillor Roisin Lynch said after news of the accident became known there was “a real sense of sadness in Antrim”.

She said: “It’s absolutely imperative that we do all we can to reduce the number of deaths on our roads and the tragedy that is visited upon families in the wake of these accidents.

“My thoughts and prayers are with the man’s family and close friends at this very difficult time.”

Meanwhile, a man has been taken to hospital for treatment for ‘serious injuries’ after a road traffic collision involving a lorry and a tractor in Co Londonderry.

The collision happened at the Ringsend Road in Limavady at 2.30pm on Wednesday. The road reopened to traffic around 6pm.

And, after a two-vehicle collision at Crossans Crossroads in Lisburn at around 2pm, one person was taken to hospital with non-life threatening injuries, a PSNI spokesman said.