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Fatal crash claims two victims from same family

The two victims of Friday’s tragic road accident on the A1 near Newry were members of the same family.

Eighty-seven-year-old Raymond Halliday and his step-daughter Anna Dodds (47), both from the Newry area, lost their lives in the three-vehicle crash involving a lorry, a silver Skoda Fabia and a bronze-coloured Ford Focus.  The collision occurred shortly before 2.45pm on the northbound carriageway at the junction of the Moneymore Road and it is understood the victims were travelling together in the Skoda.  Mr Halliday died at the scene while Ms Dodds passed away a short time later in hospital.

Following initial assessment by paramedics, two other casualties were also taken to hospital by ambulance, one to Daisy Hill Hospital, the other to the Royal Victoria Hospital in Belfast.

The A1 between Newry and Loughbrickland was closed for several hours, leading to long delays as diversions were put in place.

Officers from the Collision Investigation Unit are asking anyone with information or who may have dash-cam footage of the incident to contact them on 101 quoting reference 731 12/10/18.

Local SDLP councillor Gillian Fitzpatrick described the incident as a “tragedy”.

“It’s terrible, really terrible.  It’s a tragedy for all those involved, whatever way it happened,” she said.  “There have been many, many accidents on that stretch of road over the years.  Some died on it earlier this year, and two nuns were killed on it just a few years ago.

“My thoughts and prayers are with the families. It’s a tragedy for the two people who died and their families, and it’s devastating for the local community.  This is a fantastic community, and I am sure they will rally round the bereaved families at this time of sadness. A tragedy like this will ricochet through the entire community,” she added.

 DUP MLA William Irwin offered his condolences to the bereaved: “This is a very sad and terrible ordeal where two local people have lost their lives on our roads.  I offer my deepest sympathy and prayers to the families who have been plunged into grief following this fatal collision,” he said.