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Three killed and five injured in horror crash in Tyrone

Four people have died following two separate crashes in County Tyrone on Monday. Police said the drivers of two vehicles involved in a collision on the Dungannon Road near Cookstown were killed, as was a woman who was a passenger in one of the cars.

Four children and a woman in her 20s were taken to the Royal Victoria Hospital. In a separate incident, women died in a crash on the M1 motorway.

The drivers who died in the Dungannon Road crash were a woman in her eighties and a man in his twenties. The third fatality was a woman aged in her fifties, police said.

The incident happened shortly after 15:30 GMT. The road between Killycolp Road and Annagh Road was closed for several hours but has since reopened.

The Northern Ireland Ambulance Service (NIAS) said it dispatched two rapid response paramedics, four emergency crews, one non-emergency crew, a hazardous area response team and an ambulance officer to the scene.

The Helicopter Emergency Medical Service (HEMS) Air Ambulance was tasked to the scene and the Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service (NIFRS) also attended.

“I offer my heartfelt sympathies to the families of those tragically killed and every best wish to those injured for a full and speedy recovery,” she added.

Social Democratic and Labour Party (SDLP) MLA Patsy McGlone said it is “the worst possible news any family could receive but particularly at this time of year”. My thoughts and prayers are with all those affected at this incredibly difficult time.”

In a tweet, Ulster Unionist Party (UUP) leader Doug Beattie said: “I just can’t imagine the horror those who survived have endured and the scene faced by the emergency services. Life is so precious and so fragile.”

Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) leader Sir Jeffrey Donaldson said: “Our thoughts and prayers are with all involved in this tragic incident and the families and communities impacted by such a devastating loss.

“We also think of the emergency services who attended the scene and the health service staff caring for those injured.”

Mr McGlone told Irish state broadcaster RTE he believed the woman who died in the earlier crash on the M1 was a young mother from Co Tyrone.

The motorway has reopened in both directions between junction 15 at Dungannon and junction 14 at Tamnamore following that crash.

Source: BBC

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