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Woman seriously hurt in crash at "death-trap" junction

A woman was taken to hospital following a serious two-car crash on the A26. Picture by Stephen Davison

A WOMAN was seriously injured in a two-car crash at an accident blackspot in Co Antrim yesterday.

The woman was taken to Antrim Area Hospital after a Seat Leon and an Audi were involved in a collision on the Lisnevenagh Road between Ballymena and Antrim.

It happened close to the Woodgreen Road junction at around 9.30am. The woman is believed to be from the area.

Police issued an appeal for witnesses to come forward.

Last year grandmother Avril Dempster, from Ahoghill, Co Antrim, was killed in a two-car crash at the same junction.

TUV leader Jim Allister said a full review of safety at the junction is needed.

"Today's further severe accident at Woodgreen junction on the A26 is a tragic reminder to government of the continuing failure to seriously address the fundamental issues at this death-trap junction," he said.

Meanwhile, the main Dungannon to Ballygawley road was closed westbound at Cabragh for several hours following a five-car crash at around 2pm yesterday.

Police said no-one was injured. Heavy rain and sleet are thought to have contributed to the collision.

The road was re-opened but drivers had to restrict their speed to 50mph.

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