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Glenshane crash victim to be buried from church where she served as a nun

Loreto Douglas (64) from Derry died following a road crash on the Glenshane Pass outside Dungiven 
Seamus McKinney

A WOMAN who died after a three-vehicle collision on the Glenshane Pass will be buried on Monday from the church where she once served as a nun.

Loreto Douglas (64) had been travelling to a funeral on Wednesday morning when the crash happened near the Ponderosa Bar on the main Derry to Belfast road.

She was airlifted to hospital but later died from her injuries.

It is understood Ms Douglas's car was initially involved in a minor collision with a van before a second collision took place involving a third vehicle.

A former nun with the Sisters of Mercy order, she lived at Belvoir Park in Derry’s Culmore area.

Originally from the Waterside area of the city, she was a founding member of the Lifestart Foundation, a family support charity, where she had worked since 1986.

Her remains were returned to her home last night ahead of her funeral at 10am on Monday at the Church of the Immaculate Conception.

As a nun, Ms Douglas ministered at Thornhill convent which houses the church.

In recent years, she also served as a lay reader at the Culmore church.

Following Requiem Mass, Ms Douglas will be laid to rest at Ardmore cemetery.

She is survived by one brother, John, who lives in Ballina, Co Mayo.

Loreto Douglas worked at family support charity Lifestart for 30 years 

Meanwhile, a woman was taken to hospital following another three-vehicle collision on the Glenshane Road on Friday.

Two cars and a van were involved in the crash outside Claudy just after 5pm.

A section of the road was closed for several hours.

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