Local man dies after Newry Canal car crash

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Wednesday, January 25th, 2012

A man, believed to be in his 60s, has died today in Newry after a car he was travelling in went off the road and into the Newry Canal along the Fathom Line area. The man is believed to be from the local area. 

The accident is reported to have occurred some time today between 1:00pm and 2:00pm. Divers, along with the police, ambulance and fire crews were at the scene all afternoon in a bid to ascertain the circumstances surrounding the accident. The road has been closed at the Drumalane junction/Fathom Road.

Speaking to Newry Times, a PSNI spokesman said, “Police in Newry can confirm that the body of a man has been recovered from a car that left the road and entered a nearby canal on the Fathom Line, Newry, on the afternoon of Wednesday 25th January. The road has been closed at the Drumalane junction/Fathom Road and motorists are advised to seek alternative main routes for their journey. Investigations are continuing, therefore there are no further details at this stage.”

Speaking about the incident, Mayor for Newry and Mourne Charlie Casey said: “I am extremely shocked and saddened to learn of this tragic accident on the Fathom Line in which a gentleman has lost his life. My thoughts are with the victim of this tragedy and his family and I extend my sympathies as Mayor of the District to them. We do not know the cause of this accident as yet and I am sure that further investigations will take place over the coming days which may shed some light on the circumstances of this terrible event. I am sure that Newry & Mourne Council and members of Sinn Féin in Newry will offer any assistance they can to this family over the coming days.”

SDLP MLA for Newry and Armagh Dominic Bradley also expressed his sorrow at the tragic news. Mr Bradley said, “This is very sad news indeed and my thoughts are immediately with the family and friends of the victim. The stretch of road on which the accident happened is extremely treacherous and this road sadly has claimed other lives in the past. There is clearly a need to draw greater attention to the danger which this stretch of road presents to motorists and that is something which I will be raising with Roads Service.”
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