Man dies after South Armagh collision

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Wednesday, February 3rd, 2016
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A man, aged in his 40’s, has died following a single vehicle road traffic collision in Silverbridge early this morning, Wednesday 3rd February. psni54He was the driver of a van that was involved in a collision on the New Road at its junction with Legmoylan Road. The collision was reported to police shortly after 5.40am this morning. Inspector Lorraine Dobson is appealing for anyone who was travelling on the New Road this morning and who witnessed the collision to contact local police in Newtownhamilton or the Collision Investigation Unit in Sprucefield on the non-emergency number 101. The road remains closed and diversions are in place. Speaking to Newry Times, Slieve Gullion Councillor Barra O’Muiri said another family has been left devastated this morning. “Patrick Cooney was a well known figure, and his loss will be keenly felt in the Aughincurk Road area of Newtown and beyond. My thoughts and prayers are with Patrick’s family and friends at this time. psni30He added, “Patrick’s death once again brings into sharp focus, the need for care on our roads particularly while the cold weather and treacherous conditions remain.” SDLP MLA Karen McKevitt and Cllr Pete Byrne extended their condolences to the family. “It is very saddening that we have lost another life on our roads and terrible to think that today another family will be getting that knock on the door,” McKevitt said. She added, “I wish extend my deepest condolences to this man’s family and friends at this tragic time. It is difficult for us to imagine how they must be feeling today.” SDLP Armagh Cllr Pete Byrne said, “The entire community will be shaken that this has happened again on our roads. This accident has brought into sharp focus how dangerous rural roads can be. “The family and friends of this man can depend on the support of our entire community and on behalf of them and myself I would like to express our sympathy and solidarity.”

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