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Fatal crash on M2 brings death toll on north's roads to 68 this year

Cars being removed from the scene of the fatal crash on the M2 motorway. Picture Justin Kernoghan, Photopress
Andrew Madden

THE death of a man on the M2 motorway has brought the number of road fatalities this year to 68.

The man, who was in his thirties, died in crash involving several vehicles between Sandyknowes and Templepatrick shortly after 8.30pm on St Stephen's Day.

He was the driver of a Seat Ibiza car. Two other men involved in the collision suffered injuries that are not thought to be life threatening.

It was the fourth fatality on the roads in the space of three weeks.

A section of the motorway remained closed overnight on Monday and much of Tuesday, reopening shortly before 3pm.

Sinn Féin MLA Declan Kearney extended his sympathies to the family and friends of the victim.

"The death of a man in his 30s on the M2 near Templepatrick is tragic," he said.

"Any death on the roads is one too many but it is especially poignant at this time of year. My thoughts are with the family and friends of the victim at this sad time."

So far 68 people have been killed on the north's roads, compared to 74 in 2015.

A section of the M2 between Sandyknowes and Templepatrick was closed in both directions. Picture by Justin Kernoghan

On December 10, two young friends died in a crash on the A5 in Co Tyrone.

Killian Doherty from Drumquin and Maurice McCloughan from Fintona, who were both aged 19, were travelling along the Doogary Road when their car collided with another vehicle at around 8am.

Last Thursday, 25-year-old Amy Loughrey from Derry died when her car was involved in a two-vehicle collision in Co Donegal.

Less than 24 hours later, a man died in a single-vehicle crash on the M1 near Tamnamore, Co Tyrone.

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