Tributes paid to woman who died following a road collision near Ballymena

Shymol Thomas

Tributes have been paid to a woman who died in a road collision near Ballymena.

Friends of Shymol Thomas say she was “truly one in a million”.

The 37-year-old was travelling as a front seat passenger in a red Toyota Yaris involved in a collision with a black Volkswagen Passat at 6.40pm on Friday.

She worked as a nurse in Antrim Area Hospital and was married with three children, the Belfast Telegraph reported.

The driver of the car in which she was travelling was, on Saturday, described as being in a critical condition in hospital following the collision on the A26 Crankill Road.

Two rear passengers in the car sustained injuries which were not thought to be life-threatening, police said.

Two male occupants of the Passat were taken to hospital for treatment but have since been discharged.

The Air Ambulance was despatched to the scene with a medical team on board, and the Northern Ireland Ambulance Service (NIAS) said three people were taken to the Royal Victoria Hospital in Belfast.

A news website for the Malayalee community, of which Shymol was a much-loved member, reported that she was travelling with a friend, also a nurse, as well as the driver’s son and a friend.

According to, Shymol and her husband Nelson John had lived in Antrim for around 15 years and both have strong links to the Malayalee community there.

Tributes have been paid to Shymol by friends, with one posting on social media: “We lost an amazing friend!

“Shymol was the most motivated and dedicated person we know, she always poured her heart into everything she did and was truly one in a million. A tribute to our Shymol… your eternal candle still burns bright!”

Police are continuing to appeal for witnesses to the collision to get in touch.

PSNI Inspector Marc Riddell urged anyone with information to come forward.

“I would like to hear from anyone who saw either vehicle on the Crankill Road prior to the time of the crash, or anyone who may have witnessed the collision or captured dash cam footage of it. Officers can be contacted by calling 101, quoting reference 1558 21/06/19.”

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