Portadown car-crash hero named

Emergency services at the scene of the crash in Portadown
Emergency services at the scene of the crash in Portadown

A man who cut two children free from a car which crashed and overturned has been named.

Darragh McKee was driving his work van behind the car when the one-vehicle collision happened just before 4.30pm on Friday, July 22, on the Garvaghy Road in Portadown.

The 24-year-old immediately went to the aid of the children who were in car seats in the back of the vehicle.

Using his work scalpel, he managed to cut the seat belts, while a passing nurse also went to help.

Local people have praised his quick-thinking response.

A spokesperson for the NI Fire and Rescue Service said they received a call around 4.27pm.

Two appliances from Portadown and one from Lurgan attended the incident and fire crews used hydraulic cutting equipment to remove a woman who was trapped in the car.

She was taken to hospital by ambulance.

It is understood the family escaped unhurt but shaken, with the woman released from hospital the same day.