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Service of Thanksgiving to be held for man who died in Glarryford crash which also claimed woman's life

The scene where two people died in a crash on the Duneaney Road in Co Antrim on Wednesday. Picture by Margaret McLaughlin

Tributes were last night paid to a young Antrim man who died in a two car collision which also claimed the life of a young woman.

Named locally as Andrew (Andy) Burke, he died on Wednesday afternoon in a crash on the on the Duneany Road in Glarryford.

Aged in his twenties, Mr Burke was a passenger in a yellow Citroen car which was involved in a collision white Honda shortly after 2pm.

The female driver of the Citroen, who was also aged in her twenties, also died.

The female driver of the Honda was taken to hospital for treatment.

Friends took to social media to pay tribute to the young man.

One relative wrote: "No one could ever (have) prepared us for this, our family will never be the same... a cousin is your first friend and forever friend, until we meet again Andy".

A friend wrote: "I didn’t expect to be writing this today, sadly I lost one of my best friends, I have so so so sooo many amazing memories of you............

"Many little catch ups, all our little days out in town from way back when to now, Seeing you for the last time for my birthday will make every birthday so much more special.

"It breaks my heart to know you won’t be around anymore, you were taken far too soon, and you will never be forgotten, you’ll certainly stay in my heart forever buddy".

Another friend said Mr Burke and the young woman who died were "Great people gone too soon".

A Service of Thanksgiving for Andy Burke's life will take place at Bairds Funeral Home on Monday at 11am. The funeral will proceed afterwards to Belmont Cemetery.

Police have appealed for information about the crash and have asked "anyone who recorded any dashcam or mobile phone footage that could potentially help our investigation to get in touch with us."

Maureen Morrow, mayor of Mid and East Antrim Borough Council, last night said expressed her condolences to the two victims.

"I would like to pass on my deepest sympathies to both families at this incredibly difficult time," she said.

"The loss of two young people who were at the start of their adult lives is desperately sad and my thoughts are very much with their loved ones.

"My thoughts are also with the driver of the other vehicle involved in the collision and I wish them a full recovery.

"I would also like to commend all the emergency services staff who attended the scene."

Sinn Féin councillor Leanne Peacock said: "My thoughts are with everyone involved and their families.

"Too many lives are being lost on our roads and yet more families have been left heartbroken."

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