Man dies after crash in Meigh, County Armagh

A man has died following a crash between a car and a lorry in County Armagh.

It happened on the Forkhill Road, Meigh, at about 18:50 GMT on Friday.

The victim was 67-year-old Patrick McCreesh, known as Patsy, who lived in Meigh.

According to Sinn Féin, he was a brother of the IRA hunger striker Raymond McCreesh, who died in the Maze prison in 1981.

'Shock'

Police said the Forkhill road remains closed between Railway Road and Low Road and traffic diversions are in place.

The MP for Newry and Armagh, Sinn Féin's Conor Murphy, said: "I share the shock of the local community here on learning of the tragic passing of Patsy McCreesh who was a brother of hunger striker Raymond McCreesh.

"I wish to extend my deepest sympathies to Patsy's brothers and sisters and to his entire circle of family and friends.

"I know that the community of south Armagh will come together to offer their support at this time."

'Great sadness'

SDLP MLA for Newry and Armagh, Dominic Bradley, said:" I am shocked and saddened by the news another person has lost their life on our roads here in south Armagh within the space of just over a week.

"Patsy McCreesh was a man of deep faith, and was very well liked in the local community for his pleasant and friendly disposition.

"My immediate thoughts are with Patsy's family and, on behalf of the community, I extend my deepest sympathy to them.

"The last few weeks have brought great sadness to many homes due to road traffic accidents and I would like to underline the message given by Environment Minister Mark H Durkan yesterday that we all must exercise the utmost caution at all times on our roads."

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