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Pensioner (88) dies almost a week after Co Derry crash involving digger

An elderly man who was seriously injured in a road traffic collision in Co Derry last week has died
Marie Louise McConville

AN elderly man who was seriously injured in a crash involving a digger Co Derry last week has died.

Gerald McElreavey, who was 88, was taken to hospital after his Citroen C3 car was involved in a collision with a Manitou digger on the Quilly Road between Articlave and Coleraine at around 10pm on Monday.

The pensioner, who was from the Ballymoney area, died in hospital on Saturday.

Police have appealed for information about the collision.

GardaĆ­ are also investigating the circumstances around a car entering a canal in Co Cavan, claiming the life of a man aged in his mid-twenties.

The man, from Naas in Co Kildare, was travelling in a car with two other men when it plunged into the water about 3km from Ballyheady bridge on the Ballinamore to Ballyconnell Road at around 6.30pm on Saturday.

The two other men, who were aged in their twenties, managed to escape the car.

The man's body was later recovered from the water.

It is understood that the three men were visiting a family who lived near where the accident took place.

Meanwhile, the Westlink in Belfast was closed for a time in both directions yesterday while police tended to a "person in distress".

The road was closed around 2pm and reopened at around 3.40pm.

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