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Man arrested by Gardai investigating tragic N1 collision which claimed three lives

A Bessbrook mother and son and a young Newry footballer died in the collision

Gardai investigating the fatal road traffic collision which claimed the lives of three people have arrested a man.

The man, who is aged in his 20s, remains in custody, it was confirmed.

The crash happened on the N1, close to Carrickcarnan in County Louth, not far from the border with Co Armagh, shortly after 2am yesterday (Saturday).

Two vehicles were involved.

Mother and son Mary and Kevin Faxton, who were aged in their 80s and 50s, respectively, were from the Bessbrook area.

A funeral notice for the family members read: “Kevin and his mother Mary Faxton died suddenly as the result of an accident, 29th February 2020. May they rest in peace.

“Beloved son of Joseph and much loved brother of Malcolm, Carole (Small), Yvonne (Campbell) and David.

“Funeral arrangements later. Deeply regretted by his father, sisters, brothers, brothers-in-law, sister-in-law, nephews, nieces and entire family circle. Sacred Heart of Jesus have mercy on his soul.”

A young footballer from Newry, Bryan Magill, who was known as ‘Bru’, also lost his life.

He was a son of Joey and Yvonne, brother to Donna, Elizabeth, Joe and Caolin and grandson of Belle.

Another man was taken to hospital in Drogheda for injuries which were understood not to be life-threatening.

On Sunday afternoon, Gardai confirmed an arrest in relation to the tragedy.

A spokesperson said: “A man in his 20s has been arrested in relation to this incident.

“He is currently detained at Dundalk Garda Station under Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act.

“Investigations are continuing.”

Funeral details have yet to be finalised for all three deceased.

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