Death of three local men shocks community

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Monday, August 24th, 2015
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The names of two local men who died in a car crash yesterday have been released. psni30Dromintee man Peter Hughes and Connall Havern from Crieve Road in Newry were two of three men who died when the Vauxhall Corsa they were travelling in collided with a Volkswagen on the A1 between Dromore and Banbridge. The lady driver of the Volkswagen was also hospitalised but it is believed her injuries are not life-threatening. Police are appealing for witnesses following the deaths of the three young men. Inspector Stephen Humphries is appealing for anyone who was travelling on the A1 Dual Carriageway yesterday evening and who witnessed the collision to contact local Police at Banbridge or the Collision Investigation Unit on the non-emergency number 101. SDLP MP for South Down Margaret Ritchie expressed her deepest sympathies and condolences following the deaths. She said, “I was shocked to hear that another road accident had led to the deaths of three people. “I have no doubt that the local community of County Down will offer every help and support they can in the aftermath of this tragedy,” Ritchie added. Newry and Armagh MP Mickey Brady said his thoughts and prayers are with the families of those killed. “The loss of three more lives, and such young lives, on our roads is nothing short of a tragedy,” he said. “While the pain will be felt most acutely by the family and friends of those killed, their deaths have cast a shadow over the entire area. “I know both the Havern and Hughes families and can assure you that Conall and Peter were very popular lads in the area. They were well liked by everybody who knew them, whether it was through football, school or college. Their families, as you can imagine, are heartbroken at this devastating loss. Brady added, “It’s well known that conditions on Sunday were treacherous but finding out exactly what happened is for another day. Right now our thoughts and prayers are with three families going through unimaginable grief,” he added.

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