Five taken to hospital after four vehicle collision.

Thursday, 30 November 2017

Five people were taken to Omagh Hospital and Primary Care Complex and a number of others treated at the scene, following a number of separate traffic accidents in the district at the weekend.

The most serious incident - involving four vehicles - occurred shortly after 11am on the Beltany Road between Omagh and Newtownstewart on Sunday. Five people were taken to hospital for injuries none of which were believed to be life-threatening, according to police.

Anyone with information is asked to contact them on 101 quoting reference 613 26/11/17.

Police also responded to the report of a three-vehicle crash at the Crevenagh Road roundabout in Omagh on Friday evening last.

Two people were treated at the scene for injuries which were not believed to be life-threatening. Anyone with information is again asked to call police on 101 quoting reference 1098 of 24/11/17.

Both incidents caused major traffic disruptions for a time.

It is understood there were a number of collisions on the Omagh-Fintona road the same day and in other parts of the district as temperatures plummeted, but there have been no reports of major injuries in these. The first fall of snow of the winter also added to difficult conditions in some areas.

Meanwhile traffic came to a standstill on Monday of this week when the Great Northern Road in Omagh had to be closed near the junction of the Brookmount Road to allow for the recovery of a large piece of machinery which is believed to have fallen off a transport vehicle. Diversions were in place for part of the day.

A lorry was also reported to have tipped over on its side on the Drumquin to Castlederg Road later the same evening.

West Tyrone MLA, Daniel McCrossan urged caution for everyone on the roads at the present time.

"I'd firstly like to send my best wishes to all those involved in these accidents and I hope that they all make speedy recoveries.

I can only imagine the stress and anxiety families have been through and I'm glad I am not commenting today on more fatalities on our roads.

"We have yet another accident on our A5 and its proves yet again that there is a great need for infrastructure development in the West to improve the safety of people here.

We've seen how projects like the A4 has had a massive impact in reducing collisions and deaths. We need our own A5 now to ensure that people here are not needlessly putting their lives at risk on what is one of the most dangerous stretches of road on this island.

"In the short term, as freezing conditions arrive, I want to ensure that our roads are as safe as they possibly can be. That is why I have arranged a meeting with the Roads Service to discuss maintenance works and gritting schedules over the winter period," he said.


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