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Young man who died in Portadown traffic collision named locally

Derrynavil Road, Portadown

The young man who died after a collision in Portadown yesterday (Thursday) morning has been named locally.

He was Ashley James, from the Clonmore Road in Dungannon.

He had been the driver of a red Peugeot 207 car which was in collision with plant machinery on the Derryanvil Road.

The 20-year-old worked as a farming contractor in the Portadown area.

Ashley’s passing has caused widespread shock in the area.

His friends have taken to social media to pay tribute to a young man who loved cars and tractors. He was a young farmer through and through.

One said “I can’t believe he’s gone – you’ll never be forgotten” while another described him as “our wee mucker”.

“A brilliant fella – can’t take it in” wrote another.

Local Ulster Unionist Councillor Colin McCusker said the young man’s death was “very, very sad news”.

“My thoughts are with the family of the bereaved,” he added.

Lord Mayor Darryn Causby added: “It’s a tragic accident. I spoke to some of the residents in the area and they are shocked at what has happened. This is a quiet part of the town and a rural area.

“It is an unbearable thing for any family to have to go through.”

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