Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 28 August 2014

Man dead and five injured in separate accidents

The scene of the crash between a car and van on the Dungannon Road, close to Portadown

There have been renewed calls for motorists to take greater care on the roads after a man died and five others were injured in separate accidents.

John Rafferty (57) died after his silver Range Rover was involved in an accident near Castlecaulfield in Co Tyrone shortly before 4am yesterday.

The crash happened at the junction of the Foygh and Drumreany roads, about two miles from the village. No other vehicle was involved.

Mr Rafferty was originally from Aughnagar near Dungannon but had been working in Co Louth in recent years. He is the fifth person to die on Co Tyrone’s roads in the last two months. Clogher Valley councillor Sean McGuigan said: “This is another tragedy. John was a good friend of mine, I knew him well, and it is terrible news to start the week.

“Unfortunately Co Tyrone has had more than its fair share of fatal accidents already this year. This is yet more bad news for local people to come to terms with.”

Earlier this year a report revealed that Dungannon and South Tyrone had the highest number of road fatalities in Northern Ireland.

Inspector David Nixon from Dungannon station said yesterday's fatality was another tragic reminder of the dangers facing motorists each day.

“There have been numerous fatal accidents across the province this year and quite a large number have been in the South Tyrone area,” he said.

“I would appeal for people to exercise more care on the roads, not only for their own sake but also the sake of fellow road users.”

Anyone who saw the collision, came across the scene or saw the car — a silver Range Rover with a Dublin registration, — beforehand is asked to contact police in Dungannon on 0845 600 8000.

Two people were injured, one seriously, after a two-vehicle crash on the Dungannon Road close to the Derrylettiff junction near Portadown.

And three people were hurt in a crash in Toomebridge. A white Renault van and dark coloured Transit van were in collision on the Creagh Road just after 7.30am yesterday.

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