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Woman killed in Toome crash third death on same road in three years

Police at Roguery Road, Toomebridge, following a fatal crash
Brendan Hughes

The woman who died in a two-vehicle crash on Toome's Roguery Road has been named as Vivienne Pieterse.

The 50-year-old had recently moved to Ahoghill and was orginally from South Africa.

Ms Pieterse's death was the third fatality on the same stretch of road in as many years.

The tragedy happened yesterday morning on Roguery Road outside Toomebridge, Co Antrim.

It comes just months after the speed limit on the road was reduced following previous fatalities.

The 50-year-old was the driver of one of the vehicles. 

Another person was taken to hospital for treatment to minor injuries.

The Roguery Road has been the scene of numerous crashes in recent years.

In May 2019, a 22-year-old man died in a single-car crash.

A man in his thirties died following a crash in November 2017. He was a passenger in a car involved in a crash with a lorry.

In July this year, a woman was injured in a crash between her car and a lorry.

UUP councillor William McNeilly, who lives along Roguery Road, said the three road deaths in recent years "happened within I would say half a mile of each other".

He said a 50mph speed limit was introduced along the road some months ago following last year's fatality.

"It's up maybe about six months. It's a 50mph limit on the road. It cut down the speed – it's a very fast road," he said.

The councillor said that road service officials may need to re-examine the road in light of the latest tragedy to see if further measures should be taken.

"We will maybe get the people out again to have another look at it, get a meeting arranged," he said.

The Bannside area representative expressed his sympathies with the family of the woman who died.

"I wish the family my sympathies at this very sad time. I live not very far from the accident – I would say less than half a mile from the accident," he said.

"It's a terrible tragedy. My thoughts and prayers are with the family."

The road was closed following the crash and diversions were put in place.

Police did not disclose any details about the vehicles involved in the collision, but appealed for anyone with information about the crash to phone 101, quoting reference 243 17/09/20.

Officers had announced shortly after 7.30am that the road was closed in both directions following a serious crash.

They advised motorists to avoid the area and seek alternative main routes for their journey.

Sinn Féin South Antrim MLA Declan Kearney expressed his condolences.

"Any death on our roads is one too many," he said.

"My thoughts and sympathies are with the family, friends and loved ones of the woman who has tragically lost her life."

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