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FAMILY IN ROAD HELL.

Byline: By JEREMY ARMSTRONG

A HORROR motorway smash killed a 20-year-old man and left his three younger brothers and mother seriously injured.

Businessman Ray Armstrong, 46, was driving his wife and four sons home from a christening when a lorry swerved across three lanes and into their Mitsubishi Shogun. Pierce, died while brothers Cavan, four, and Hal, 17, were last night fighting for life after suffering head injuries. Other brother Hayden, 13, had multiple injuries, including fractures to both legs. He and mum Jayne, 47, needed emergency surgery.

Mr Armstrong, who suffered a broken hand and cuts, is now travelling between intensive care units in Middlesbrough and Newcastle to be near his two most seriously injured sons.

They were returning to Barrow-in-Furness from Mr Armstrong's native Belfast when the accident happened on the M6 near Penrith, Cumbria.

Family friend Des Johnston, chief executive of Barrow Raiders rugby club, said of Monday's crash: "This is simply devastating. Ray and Jayne have lost their eldest son and two of their other sons are still in a bad way. Pierce was a wonderful young man, a credit to both of them."

Pierce worked for Mr Armstrong's pipeline supply firm PKA, named from his initials.

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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Mar 28, 2007
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