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Man who died when tree fell on minibus is named

The man who died when a tree fell on a minibus which he was driving along the Keady Road, outside Armagh, on Thursday, has been named.

He was Mr Geoffrey Robb, who lived at Kingsway Drive in Portadown. He was 56 years of age.

Meanwhile, a 39-year-old woman injured in the freak accident is now described as being “stable” in Belfast’s Royal Victoria Hospital, having originally been admitted in a “critical” condition.

The mother-of-two had been a front seat passenger in the vehicle when the accident happened at around 4.50pm on Thursday.

Firefighters at the scene had used hydraulic cutting equipment to free her from the vehicle.

She was transported to Craigavon Area Hospital by ambulance and later transferred to the RVH in what police described as a “critical” condition.

Fire crews from Armagh, Newry, and Central stations had attended the incident and the road had remained close overnight.

It is understood the minibus had been making its way back from the Keady area, having dropped off two passengers, when the tree fell.

This is the second tragedy to hit the Robb family.

Mr Robb’s son, also called Geoffrey, was killed in January 2000.

His funeral takes place tomorrow (Sunday) at 2pm for service in Seagoe Parish Church in Portadown, followed by burial in Seagoe Cemetery.

He is survived by his daughter, Victoria, and son Macauley.

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