Ten hospitalised after four crashes



Four road accidents across counties Armagh, Fermanagh, Down and Antrim yesterday saw 10 people require hospital treatment – with three of them seriously injured.

Three elderly people – two men, aged 61 and 71, and a 68-year-old woman – were injured and taken to Craigavon Area Hospital after a two-car collision in Co Armagh.

The crash involved a black coloured Volkswagen Polo and a black Mitsubishi Shogun shortly after 4.30pm on the Derrytrasna Road.

A hospital spokeswoman said two of those injured were “in a stable condition” and that the third person was “critical but stable” in intensive care.

In Co Fermanagh four people were taken to hospital for treatment yesterday after a two-vehicle collision in the Boa Island Road area of Kesh.

The 12.45am collision involved a Toyota Corolla and a police vehicle.

Three police officers and the male driver of the Toyota were taken to hospital for treatment for injuries that were not believed to be life-threatening.

Two of the police officers were later released from hospital.

Meanwhile, a fire service spokesman said they were called out to a two-vehicle road accident on the Killyleagh Road in Downpatrick at 4pm yesterday.

Two fire appliances and 10 officers attended the scene and rescued two people from one of the vehicles.

The ambulance service said two people were treated at the scene and a further two were taken to the Ulster Hospital in Dundonald with neck and back injuries.

A spokeswoman for the hospital said both patients were treated and discharged.

Finally, at 5.40pm yesterday an ambulance service crew returning to Larne came across a three-car collision on the Ballymena Road on the outskirts of Larne. The PSNI were already at the scene.

Ambulance staff assessed everyone and a woman was taken to Antrim Hospital for further treatment.

Her condition last night was unknown.

Two killed in Co Mayo collision

Two men were killed yesterday in a road crash in Co Mayo at around 5am.

It is understood the men were travelling alone in separate cars and in opposite directions at the time of the crash, on the main Foxford to Ballina road at Ballynahaglish.

The main N26 road between Ballina and Swinford was closed for most of the day as forensic crash investigators examined the vehicles and scene.

Motorists were warned to take extra care as heavy rain spread yesterday, with some showers turning to sleet. Gardai in Dundalk warned of treacherous black ice conditions.


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