Police have named the them as Brigid Wilkinson and Owen McMullan. Brigid, who was aged 21, was from Ballycastle; and Owen, aged 25, was from Armoy.
Constable McKeever said: “The two-vehicle collision took place on the Moyarget Road and involved a blue Honda and silver Ford. It was reported to police just after 4.50pm.
“Sadly, both Brigid and Owen were pronounced dead at the scene.
“We would ask anyone who witnessed the collision, or who may have captured dash cam footage that could assist our enquiries, to contact us on 101 quoting reference number 1274 of 12/02/21.”
A female passenger was taken to hospital where she remains receiving treatment.
SDLP Glens Councillor, Margaret Anne McKillop expressed her condolences to the two families.
“This is heartbreaking news and the local community here in Ballycastle are devastated,” she said. “I know they will pull together and try to support the bereaved families as best they can. My thoughts and prayers are with the families and loved ones of those who died in this tragic accident.”
North Antrim DUP MLA and Member of the Northern Ireland Policing Board Mervyn Storey also expressed his sympathy.
“Sadly more families have been given the devastating news that their loved one’s life has been taken following a fatal road traffic accident,” he said.
“I would extend my sympathy to the families of those who lost their life as a result of the accident on the Moyarget Road and our thoughts are with those who have been injured. Obviously a full investigation will be carried out to establish the circumstances surrounding this tragic accident.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with these families at this time of great sadness. We again are indebted to the response of our emergency services who attended this accident, the Air Ambulance, PSNI, Northern Ireland Fire & Rescue Service and the Northern Ireland Ambulance Service.”
Sinn Féin MLA Philip McGuigan said: “The local community has been shocked and saddened at the deaths of a man and woman in a car crash on the Moyarget Road near Ballycastle.
“Another person was also injured in the incident and I hope they make a full recovery.
“My thoughts and sympathies are with the family, friends and loved ones of the two people who have died. “Anyone with information on what happened should bring it forward to the PSNI.”
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