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Weekend of tragedy on our roads

A weekend of carnage on our roads has brought heartbreak and grief to two families and left a number of people injured following separate crashes.

The first tragedy came on Saturday when eight-year-old Callum Morrow from Lurgan died in a two-car collision on the Aughnacloy Road outside Banbridge.

Callum had been travelling with his father Stephen and six-year-old brother James, who were taken to Craigavon Area Hospital. James was released from hospital yesterday while his father's condition was said to be stable.

A woman who was in the second car was taken to the Royal Victoria Hospital where her condition on Sunday was described as critical.

This was a dreadful crash with the most devastating consequences for all those involved.

The death of a child is especially hard to bear and the thoughts of the entire community will be with Callum's family at this unimaginably difficult time.

Tribute must be paid to those who were first on the scene and made every effort to save the youngster.

We also owe a debt of gratitude to the emergency services who are called out to traumatic incidents never entirely knowing what they will have to deal with.

This was certainly the case on Sunday afternoon when five cars were involved in a pile-up on the M2 in Belfast in one of the worst crashes witnessed on our motorway network in recent times.

One man died and three others were injured after a car apparently drove the wrong way along the motorway from the Sydenham bypass.

Witnesses spoke of horrific scenes while photographs showed mangled wreckage and bits of vehicles strewn across the carriageway.

The motorway was closed in both directions for a time causing extensive traffic delays while paramedics and firefighters, along with the air ambulance, carried out their life-saving work.

The fact that some people with information have already contacted police is commendable and anyone else who saw what happened or who has dashcam footage is encouraged to assist the investigation into what was a terrifying incident.

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