18/12/2008

Road Death Toll Rises

The deadly road toll from accidents in Northern Ireland has now reached a total of 104 people.

A 17-year-old boy was killed in a road accident in Co Londonderry as he went to pick up friends for a school formal event

Eamonn McIntyre died in a collision between his car and a lorry on Boleran Road, near Garvagh, at 6pm on Wednesday.

A girl who was with him was taken to hospital, but her injuries are not thought to be life-threatening.

The formal, at the Tullyglass House Hotel, for pupils at Loreto College in Coleraine, was called off.
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Police in Coleraine have asked anyone who witnessed the accident on the Boleran Road between a blue Iveco lorry and a white Vauxhall Zafira to contact them.

Meanwhile, in Co Antrim, a 39-year-old female pedestrian was taken to hospital yesterday after she was hit by a car on the Belmont Road, in Antrim town.

Her condition is serious. The female driver of the car involved was taken to hospital suffering from shock.

The pre-Christmas road toll is all the more poignant as it has been driven up in recent weeks by a series of accidents, including one single incident in which four police officers died and three other people also lost their lives in other crashes over a single weekend at the end of November.

See: Weekend Road Deaths' Shock

(BMcC)

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