Two teenagers die in Rostrevor crash

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Tuesday, September 15th, 2015
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Two men, believed to be in their late teens, have died in a car crash in Rostrevor. psni253A car left the Kilbroney Road at around 11:55pm and struck a wall. The collision caused a fire at a nearby oil tank which spread to a property. A third man was taken to hospital where his condition is described as critical. A female resident in the house was also taken to hospital to be treated for shock. Speaking to Newry Times, Inspector Stephen Humphries said, “We are working to establish the circumstances of the collision and I am appealing for witnesses to come forward. “I would also like to hear from anyone who was travelling on the Kilbroney Road prior to the time of the collision and who may have seen a silver Volkswagen Bora on the road. The number to call is 101.” SDLP Councillor Gillian Fitzpatrick has described the heartbreak across Mayobridge and Rostrevor following the crash. “I was absolutely heartbroken when I heard about this accident on the Kilbroney Road last night. Two young men who had everything to live for are now dead and a third is in a critical condition. The pain across the community is very raw. “All of these young men were close to our family and we’re totally shocked. My thoughts and prayers are with their families at this immensely difficult time. I know the entire community in Mayobridge and Rostrevor will rally around them and offer our unconditional support,” she added. South Down MP Margaret Ritchie said, “I want to also pay tribute to the firefighters who attended the scene last night as a nearby house caught fire. Their bravery, as always, was immense and they helped prevent a tragedy becoming worse.” Sinn Féin MLA Caitriona Ruane spoke of her shock. “My thoughts are with the families of the two young men who lost their lives last night and the family of the young man who is fighting for his life in hospital. “I also hope the elderly lady who lived in the house which was damaged in a fire following the accident also makes a full recovery. The local community is in shock as this is the second major accident in just over a month which has resulted in the deaths of young men,” Ruane added.
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