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Victims of fatal crash in County Antrim named locally as community mourns tragedy

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SDLP Kilrea-based councillor, Helena Dallat O’Driscoll, has expressed her heartfelt condolences following the tragic deaths in a road traffic accident on the Lisnahunshin Road, outside Portglenone.

Paul and Varena Creelman and Varena’s brother, Phil Hegarty were involved in the two-vehicle RTC which happened shortly before 11am this morning.

All three were pronounced dead at the scene.

Councillor O’Driscoll said:

“I was filled with sorrow when I learned of this terrible accident. The local community is likewise shocked and saddened.

“It is a very sad day for Kilrea, particularly the residents of Coleraine Street. I wish to express my deepest sympathies to the Creelman and Hegarty families. I know that the people of Kilrea will rally around them at this awful time to provide every support that they may need.”

Inspector David Anderson said: “I am appealing to anyone who witnessed this collision, or who may have captured dashcam footage, to contact us on 101 quoting reference number 591 27/07/20.”

Phil Hegarty

Sinn Féin MLA Philip McGuigan has said the local community has been left shocked and saddened following the multiple deaths in a road collision near Portglenone.

The North Antrim MLA said:

“People have been shocked, saddened and devastated by this accident and the resultant deaths.

“This is a terrible blow to all those involved in this incident.

“Any death on our roads is one too many and incidents like this are a reminder of the vital importance of road safety.

“My heartfelt thoughts and sympathies are with the families, friends and loved ones of those who have lost their lives in this tragic incident.”

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