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Markethill collision: Five people remain in serious condition in hospital

Patrick Grimley

Three of the eight people rushed to hospital following a serious road traffic collision between Newry and Markethill on Saturday morning have since been discharged, police have confirmed.

Sadly, 40-year-old father-of-three Patrick Grimley lost his life at the scene of the multi-vehicle collision on the Gosford Road.

He was returning from Dundalk with friends having celebrated turning 40 just a few days prior.

Five others remain in hospital — three women and two men. Among them is Patrick’s wife, Ciera Grimley.

Ciera’s sister has asked family, friends and the wider community to keep Ciera “in your thoughts and prayers…she is still critically ill in ICU and we pray she pulls through and keeps fighting. A long road ahead”.

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A number of others remain gravely ill in hospital. The Madden community, despite reeling from the devastation, have come together in support of the young families impacted by this horrific incident.

The small rural community has been numbed by the tragedy as others continue to fight for their lives.

The PSNI issued an official update on Sunday afternoon, confirming the tragic passing of Mr Grimley.

A spokesperson said: “Police can confirm that 40-year-old Patrick Grimley, from the Madden area of County Armagh, has sadly died following a road traffic collision in Markethill on Saturday, November 4.

“The collision, involving four vehicles, occurred on the Gosford Road at approximately 1.20am on Saturday morning. Three men and two women remain in hospital at this time receiving treatment following the collision.

“Officers from the Collision Investigation Unit are working to establish the full circumstances surrounding the collision and would ask anyone who was in the area at the time, and witnessed what happened, or who may have captured mobile phone or dash cam footage, to contact them at Sprucefield on 101, quoting reference number 104 04/11/23.”

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