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‘Miracle’ no one was killed in A5 accident, says MLA

Thursday, 17 August 2017

‘Miracle’ no one was killed in A5 accident, says MLA thumbnailThe car at the scene of the road traffic collision on the A5 between Omagh and Ballygawley on Monday.

FIREFIGHTERS had to use specialist cutting equipment to rescue a woman injured in a three-vehicle road traffic collision on the notorious A5 between Omagh and Ballygawley on Monday afternoon.

An air ambulance, as well as two rapid response vehicles, two A&E crews and a doctor were also deployed to the scene of the accident at Ballymacilroy Hill which involved two cars and a lorry. It occurred shortly before 4pm.

The woman was taken to Craigavon Area Hospital by ambulance to be treated for injuries not thought to be life-threatening.

The road was closed for a number of hours with diversions put in place.

Praising the emergency services, West Tyrone MLA., Daniel McCrossan, said it was a 'miracle' no one was killed.

"It is a miracle that no one was killed and I have to praise the emergency responders for their actions," he said.

"It is also great to see the air ambulance in operation West of the Bann. After years of waiting, people are now starting to see the very real benefits of this service which has the potential to save many lives. That is a hugely positive development."

 

The A5 road is "quickly becoming one of the most dangerous stretches of road on this island", he added.

"It has been clear for many years that an upgraded A5 is needed to reduce road collisions and unnecessary road deaths. Too many people have been seriously injured and too many young people have lost their lives on this road.

"The A5 upgrade needs to happen sooner rather than later. We cannot go on with delay after delay while people get seriously injured or killed. The scheme has and will remain my number one priority until the very last inch of tarmac is laid."

Mr McCrossan concluded: "I wish those involved in this collision a speedy recovery and I again praise our emergency services for their work in saving lives across this region."

Councillor Allan Rainey, who lives close to the A5, said this accident sends a "stern warning" to road users.

"I agree there are too many road traffic collisions," he continued. "Roll on the new carriageway. Of course there will always be those who may have to sacrifice land, and I know how they feel, but the new road has to be constructed some place. The health and safety of the public has to be the priority."

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