Three dead in Co Down road crash tragedy

The scene of the A1 crash
The scene of the A1 crash

Three men were killed in a car accident on Sunday evening as the death toll on Northern Ireland’s roads countinues to rise.

There have now been 46 deaths as a result of traffic collisions this year, after the PSNI confirmed that the three men had died.

Long tailbacks of traffic on the A1 at Banbridge due to the accident

Long tailbacks of traffic on the A1 at Banbridge due to the accident

The tragic crash happened when two cars collided on the A1 in County Down at approximately 5:30pm yesterday.

The driver of one car was taken away in an ambulance but his injuries were not believed to be life-threatening.

Assistant Chief Constable Stephen Martin said on Twitter last night: “Truly awful RTC this evening on the A1. Three men tragically killed. Weather and road conditions are very bad – please drive carefully.”

The A1 was closed in both directions between Banbridge and Dromore.

Police said the road is expected to remain closed into the morning rush hour and diversions are in place.

A PSNI spokesperson warned drivers to be attentive while following diversions.

“Police would advise motorists, especially heavy goods vehicles, to exercise caution and patience on these more minors roads due to flooding in the area. Alternative routes should be sought, if at all possible.”

Road conditions across the Province were challenging on Sunday amid heavy rainfall.

A teenager has died and two others were injured in an overnight car crash in Co Donegal between Saturday night and Sunday morning.

The collision happened at around 4.30am at Tooban, near Burnfoot, in Co Donegal, on the main cross-border Londonderry to Buncrana road.

Investigating Gardai said that a 19-year-old man, who was a passenger in the car, died after the vehicle careered off the carriageway.

The male driver and a female passenger, both aged 19-years-old, were taken to Letterkenny General Hospital.

It is understood the woman later underwent surgery.

Her condition had been described as serious.