Two women dead after car collides with police vehicle

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Tuesday, September 30th, 2014
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Two women, believed to be nuns, have died following a two vehicle collision which occurred on the Belfast Road, Newry. The collision occured just before 9.25am this morning, Tuesday 30th September. One of the vehicles involved is a police vehicle. Three male police officers were in the vehicle at the time and none have sustained serious injuries. As is normal procedure, the Police Ombudsman have been informed and will now lead the investigation. Speaking to Newry Times, Mayor of Newry & Mourne Sinn Féin Dáire Hughes has said that there is a ‘deep shock’ within the area following the fatal collision. “This is horrendous news, in particular coming on the back of the deaths of cyclist last week and a young man killed in a traffic incident near Carlingford last night. The thoughts and prayers of the Newry & Mourne community are with the families and friends of those who have sadly lost their lives today. “We also keep in our prayers all those involved in this incident. This is a tragic reminder of just how vulnerable we all can be when out on our roads,” he added. On learning of the collision South Down MLA Seán Rogers said, “My immediate thoughts and prayers are with the two ladies who so tragically lost their lives today. “I extend my heartfelt sympathies to their families and loved ones who are no doubt in the depths of shock and grief as this sad news is broken to them. SDLP South Down MLA Karen McKevitt said that the Beech Hill community has been left devastated following the death of the two nuns in a road traffic accident on the A1 this morning. “I was shocked and devastated to hear the news this morning that two nuns have died in a car accident on the A1 near Beech Hill. This is tragic news that has deeply shaken the local community. “This junction is notoriously dangerous and has been the scene of previous road fatalities. I have lobbied Roads Service on numerous occasions to have measures put in place to improve safety but unfortunately it has now claimed more lives. “I understand that the two nuns were travelling to Dromantine College for a retreat that has been taking place there when they were involved in an accident with a police car. “I want to extend my sympathies to the family, friends and order of the two nuns at this extremely difficult time. I have been in touch with Police Area Commander Davy Beck to offer my thoughts and prayers to the three officers injured in the accident. The Belfast Road has now been closed in both directions between the Outlet centre at Banbridge and the Sheepbridge Road near Newry.
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