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'A great character and footballer' - Tributes paid to young GAA player after fatal car crash

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Peter Hughes

Peter Hughes

Peter Hughes

Queens University has paid tribute to their fresher footballer Peter Hughes after he was tragically killed in a car accident in Co.Down yesterday.

Hughes was one of three young men who lost their lives in a tragedy that was described as "horrific" by a politician.

Queen’s University tweeted earlier the sad passing of their student who was travelling in a car with two other friends when the collision happened on the A1 Dual Carriageway between Banbridge and Dromore close to the Halfway Road junction.

The three men, two aged 20 and one aged 19, were travelling in a red coloured Vauxhall Corsa that was involved in a collision with a black coloured Volkswagen Tiguan on the Northbound carriageway at around 5.40pm.

The female driver of the Volkswagen was taken to hospital for treatment for her injuries that are not believed to be life threatening.

Queens GAA club paid tribute to the footballer "with a big heart".

"It is with great sadness that we learned of sudden death along with two friends of our fresher footballer and friend Peter Hughes yesterday evening," a statement posted on their social media read.

"A great character and a footballer with a big heart, the club and his team mates will miss him badly.

"Our thoughts and prayers are with Peter's mother, father, brothers and sister.

"Go ndeana dia trocaire ar a anam.

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