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Man charged with causing death by dangerous driving after fatal Belfast crash

Ravenhill Road in Belfast which reopened after the fatal crash in which two men were killed. Picture by Hugh Russell
Staff Reporter

A MAN has been charged with causing death by dangerous driving following a road collision in south Belfast on Saturday night in which two men died.

The collision happened at around 9.10pm on the Ravenhill Road, on a section known as River's Edge, near the junction with the Albertbridge Road.

The 32-year-old man, who is due to appear before Belfast Magistrates Court today, is also charged with causing grievous bodily injury by dangerous driving.

One of the victims was named last night as 47-year-old Jon O'Hara from Belfast.

A total of five people in total were taken to hospital. A number of other people received treatment from paramedics at the scene.

One of the victims was a passenger in a black Ford Focus and the other a passenger in a blue Skoda Octavia.

The driver and a second passenger in the Skoda both remain in hospital, the PSNI said.

It is understood a taxi was one of the vehicles involved.

The stretch of road was the scene of another crash the previous day.

It was reported that 8.45am on Friday, there was a three vehicle-crash less than 100 yards away.

Both collisions occurred on a busy stretch of the Ravenhill Road, near the junction with the Albertbridge Road.

South Belfast MLA Matthew O'Toole said: "My thoughts are with the families and friends of those killed. I can only imagine how painful it must be in such sudden and difficult circumstances.

"There were also a number of other people injured in this incident and I hope they all go on to make a full recovery. I would encourage anyone with any information about this crash to come forward to police as soon as possible."

East Belfast DUP MLA Joanne Bunting tweeted: "Such tragic news to hear this morning. My thoughts and prayers are with their family and friends at this very difficult time."

South Belfast SDLP councillor Séamas de Faoite said his thoughts were with the families of the two men who died and for the recovery of those who were injured.

The PSNI has appealed for information.

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