The parents of a Dungiven man struck by a train in Australia have made a mercy dash to be at his bedside.
Ryan Gilloway suffered serious injuries after walking into the path of an oncoming train in the Blue Mountains on Saturday morning.
It is understood the 23-year-old suffered extensive internal injuries and broken bones after being struck by the train at a station in the mountain town of Springwood, which is 74 kilometres outside Sydney.
He was later airlifted to Nepean Hospital in Sydney where he is being treated for his injuries.
A spokeswoman for the hospital has described Mr Gilloway’s condition as “critical”.
The injured man’s mother Jean and father Paddy jetted to Australia at the weekend to be at their seriously ill son’s bedside. Family members were too distraught to speak about the accident today.
Mr Gilloway, whose family live in Drumsurn, just outside Dungiven, recently returned to Australia to work after spending several weeks at home with his parents.
A spokeswoman for Nepean Hospital said: “He remains in a critical condition in our intensive care unit. He has multiple injuries and there has been no change in the last 24 hours.”
A spokeswoman for New South Wales police confirmed Mr Gilloway was struck by a train.
She said: “His injuries are very severe. It looks as though he was walking on the tracks.”
A former member of Saint Mathew’s GAC, Drumsurn, Mr Gilloway is a well-known figure around in the area. Club official Sean Mullan said the thoughts of everyone are with his family. “We’re praying for him to make a full recovery.”