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Man (87) and woman (47) killed in A1 crash named

Raymond Halliday (87) and his stepdaughter Anna Dodds (47) were killed in the collision on the northbound carriageway of the A1 at the Moneymore Road junction 
Áine Quinn

A MAN and his step-daughter who were killed in a three-vehicle crash on the A1 outside Newry are to be buried tomorrow.

Raymond Halliday (87) and his step-daughter Anna Dodds (47), both from the Newry area, were killed when their silver Skoda Fabia was involved in a collision with a lorry and a bronze Ford Focus.

The crash happened at around 2.45pm on Friday on the north bound carriageway at the Moneymore Road Junction.

The Northern Ireland Ambulance Service said it sent a rapid response paramedic, two emergency crews, a non-emergency crew and a doctor to the scene. The Air Ambulance was also tasked.

Two people were also injured during the crash.

One patient was taken to Daisy Hill Hospital in Newry and another to to the Royal Victoria Hospital in Belfast.

The patient in Daisy Hill is said to be in a stable condition.

The Belfast Trust did not provide an update on the condition of the patient at the Royal.

Police have asked for any witnesses or anyone with dash-cam footage to contact them.

Ms Dodds' funeral service will take place at her mother's home tomorrow, followed by burial at Ryan's Presbyterian Church graveyard at 10.30am.

Meanwhile, Mr Halliday's funeral service will take place at 1.45pm tomorrow in St Luke's Parish Church, Mullaglass, followed by burial in the adjoining churchyard.

The mayor of Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon, Ulster Unionist Julie Flaherty, extended her "heartfelt sympathies" to the families of those affected by the "devastating" crash.

"It is another tragedy on our roads," she added.

Sinn Féin Upper Bann MLA John O'Dowd also offered his condolences to the family of the deceased.

"My thoughts and prayers are with their family and friends," he said.

There have been calls for action to be taken to further improve safety on the A1 after multiple deaths in recent years.

DUP Upper Bann MLA Carla Lockhart said the road was one of the busiest in the north.

"Discussions have been taking place on how we can close off all the crossover points without inconveniencing local residents and frequent users. It is essential that capital money is made available to carry out the necessary works," she said.

"We cannot allow more families to go through what these families are now going through. It is not only the families of those who lost their lives but the other drivers who were also involved who have to live with the trauma of this incident.”

Meanwhile, a cyclist suffered serious injuries yesterday after he was hit by a car on the outskirts of west Belfast.

The crash happened on the Glenside Road, Dunmurry, shortly before 8am.

The scene of the serious crash in west Belfast. Picture by Justin Kernoghan, Photopress

The Air Ambulance and two accident and emergency crews attended the scene. The helicopter landed on Donegal Celtic's football pitch to gain access to the crash scene.

Police last night said the male cyclist was being treated in hospital for "serious injuries".

The PSNI spokeswoman also said the 23-year-old driver of the car involved in the collision had been arrested.

He was being questioned last night about several driving offences.

A cyclist was taken to hospital following a crash in west Belfast. Picture by Justin Kernoghan, Photopress

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