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Derry accident victim was leading loyal order member

The scene of the crash at Claudy in which Wilson Sherrard was fatally injured on Tuesday. Picture Margaret McLaughlin.
Seamus McKinney

A MAN who died following a car accident near Claudy has been named as Wilson Sherrard from Derry city.

Mr Sherrard (60), from the Fountain in Derry, died when the Mazda car he was a passenger in was involved in a collision with a Mercedes van at Foreglen Road on Tuesday afternoon. It is understood Mr Sherrard, a father of two, was returning from Belfast to Derry when the accident occurred around 4pm.

He was seriously injured in the accident and died later at Altnagelvin hospital. Two other men, the driver of the car in which Mr Sherrard was travelling and the driver of the Mercedes van were also taken to hospital but their injuries were not believed to be life-threatening.

A leading member of the Orange Order, Mr Sherrard was well known in unionist circles in the city. DUP assembly member, Gary Middleton described Mr Sherrard as a gentleman who was well respected in the community.

Tributes were also paid by former Ulster Unionist mayor of Derry, Mary Hamilton who described Mr Sherrard as a personal friend. She said his family was devastated by his death.

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