03/02/2004

Head-on road collision kills van passenger

A front seat passenger of a van has died in a road traffic accident in Co Down on Monday.

Christopher Sheridan, 20, of St Mary's Terrace, Newry, was killed when the van in which he was travelling was involved in a head-on collision with a lorry.

The incident occurred on the dual carriageway outside Warrenpoint at around 3pm on Monday.

The driver of the van is currently in hospital but his condition is not thought to be serious.

The two occupants of the lorry were uninjured.

Meanwhile, the woman whose body was recovered from a car, which went off the road into a canal outside Newry yesterday, has been named as Geraldine McErlean, 42, from Horn Walk, Belfast.

The woman died after her car struck a bank to the side of the Omeath Road and plunged into the Fathom Line Canal.

Police divers were called in to search the canal after a passer-by spotted damage to the bank of the canal on the Omeath Road early on Monday.

SDLP MLA for Armagh and Newry, Dominic Bradley expressed his sadness at the incident and said his "thoughts and prayers" were with the victim's family.

(MB)

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