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Woman dies after car comes off road along the shores of Strangford Lough

A woman in her forties died when her car left Portaferry Road along Strangford Lough in Co Down. Picture by Justin Kernoghan, Photopress

A WOMAN in her forties has died in a car crash near Newtownards in Co Down.

Her car was found on its roof along the shores of Strangford Lough at about 9am on Saturday.

She was the only person in the blue Vauxhall Astra which left the Portaferry Road near Teal Rocks.

Police appealed for information from anyone who saw the car between 7pm on Friday and Saturday morning.

It is believed the woman was travelling to Portaferry when the car - registration VCZ 490 - left the road.

Inspector John Hanna said: "I would like to hear from anyone who travelled along the Portaferry Road between these times and who may have seen the car or anyone who recorded any dashcam or mobile phone footage that could potentially help our investigation."

It is understood the woman lived in the Portaferry area and was married.

The Portaferry Road is a known accident blackspot.

In December 2015, an Ulsterbus crashed onto a beach off the road.

The woman is the fourth person to die on the roads so far this year.

Alliance MLA Kellie Armstrong said she was saddened by the death.

"My sincere sympathy to her family and friends," she said.

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