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Community “reeling in shock” as road crash claims life of young girl

The death of a young girl in a tragic road accident near Newry on Saturday has sent shockwaves across entire community. 

Twelve-year-old Nicole Fegan from Mayobridge was a passenger in a beach buggy-type vehicle that was involved in a collision with a black Toyota Hilux on the Flagstaff Road, Cloghogue.  Her 14-year-old friend sustained a broken leg and other injuries and is being treated in the Royal Victoria Hospital in Belfast, while the driver of the other vehicle was not injured.  The accident was reported shortly before 3.00pm and the road was closed as emergency services attended the scene. 

A first year pupil at Our Lady’s Grammar School in Newry, Nicole was a valued member of Mayobridge GFC where she played camogie, football and handball. On Friday last the talented  singer and musician represented her club in Scór na nÓg and as a mark of respect the South Down final of the competition, which was scheduled for yesterday (Sunday), has been postponed until Sunday 26th November.

Expressing condolences to the bereaved family, Sinn Fein councillor Liz Kimmins said news of the tragedy has left the entire area “reeling in deep shock”.

“Our deepest sympathy to the family of the young girl who has lost her life in this tragedy.  We also hope that the other young girl injured makes a full recovery,” she said.

Police investigating the fatal crash have appealed to anyone who may have been in the Flagstaff Road area around 2.50pm on Saturday and witnessed the collision to contact them on 101 quoting reference 77218/11/17.