Minister in warning to road users after three killed in separate crashes

The Stormont Infrastructure Minister has urged road users to exercise caution after three people died in separate crashes.

John O’Dowd was speaking after two men and a teenager died in separate incidents across Northern Ireland between Friday night and late on Saturday.

Police said Stephen Carmichael, 33, from the Ballyclare area, was pronounced dead at the scene after a collision in Ballyrobert Road in the town shortly before midnight on Saturday.

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Jack Morrow, 17, from the Rathfriland area, died in a collision involving one vehicle in the Co Down town in the early hours of Saturday, and a man in his 60s was killed in a crash in Poyntzpass on Friday night.

A 19-year-old man was taken to hospital with serious injuries after the incident in Rathfriland.

Mr O’Dowd said: “Three families are facing heartbreak and loss following these latest tragedies on our roads.

“I want to extend my sincere condolences to all those impacted.

“Too many lives have been cut short or forever changed by serious injury as a result of road traffic collisions and too many people are left to deal with the devastating consequences. I am appealing to all road users to be mindful of others using our roads and exercise care and caution when travelling.”

Police are investigating into the crashes and have urged witnesses or anyone with video footage, including dashcam, to speak to officers.

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