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Urgent action call at Richhill after another accident at scene of last month’s tragedy

Willian Irwin at the scene of another accident in Richhill

A car left the road and crashed into a field on Saturday night at the same location where a young Tandragee woman lost her life last month.

And this latest accident on the Legacorry Road in Richhill has led to further demands for something to be done to improve road safety.

Last month 20-year-old Shannon Weir tragically lost her life after an early afternoon accident when the vehicle in which she was travelling was in collision with a lorry.

On Saturday, another car left the road and crashed into a field on the sweeping bend close to the Stonebridge roundabout.

Newry and Armagh DUP MLA William Irwin wants something done as a matter of urgency.

Willian Irwin at the scene of another accident in Richhill

Willian Irwin at the scene of another accident in Richhill

He said: “This latest incident thankfully did not result in a fatality, however, seeing the damaged hedge and tyre marks going some distance down the field, does again bring home the real risks that exist at this corner.”

Mr Irwin added: “Transport NI officials have assured me that they will be taking a close look at this junction and will be referring to accident reports from the PSNI.

“It is vital that roads officials seek to implement any improvements in a timely manner given the recent level of accidents at this point.

“This section is particularly dangerous given the sharpness of the bend and the way the road camber veers towards the hedge, particularly in the direction coming from Richhill towards the roundabout.

“I will continue to liaise with Transport NI officials and I would also remind motorists who use this stretch of road to exercise great care and slow off on this section, especially in the winter months, where the road surface can be slippery.”

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