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Man charged after early morning crash

A man has been charged with a number of driving offences in relation to an early-morning crash in Newry on Wednesday in which a female sustained “potentially serious” injuries.

The two-vehicle collision occurred around 4.45am on the Armagh Road between the Fiveways roundabout and Mountainview Drive, police said.  

The casualty was rushed to hospital with injuries “believed to be potentially serious”, a PSNI spokesperson said.

The road between Plunkett Street and Drumliss Court was closed for a period on Wednesday as an examination of the scene was carried out.  It reopened around 5.30pm.

….. appeared at Newry Magistrates Court on Thursday morning to face a number of charges including causing grievous bodily injury by dangerous driving.

Safety concerns highlighted

Local man John McCabe has been campaigning for improved safety measures on the busy road said residents were quickly on the scene to assist the injured motorist.

Speaking after visiting the accident scene, he said: “In my ongoing campaign addressing road safety from Sugar Island to Fiveways roundabout, last summer I managed to get Department for Infrastructure (Southern Roads) to repaint the Sugar Island xebra crossing and in March 2017 I obtained collision and injury statistics from the DfI, having made a Freedom of Information (FOI) request.

“In my response I learnt that almost twenty people were injured in crashes and that the two years between July 2014 and July 2016, 13 people were reported injured in traffic incidents from the roundabout at Damolly Retail Park to the Barrack Street/Armagh Road junction.”

Mr McCabe says he received assurances from DfI three years ago that a series of crashes on the Armagh Road would be reviewed, adding that he hopes to receive a FOI report on this also.  

Following this most recent accident, he has pledged to continue his road safety campaign adding that “one accident is one too many”.