Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 17 April 2014

Man is killed and two critical after Fermanagh car crash

One man has died and two more were left fighting for their lives after a horror two-car smash in Co Fermanagh.

Two small children were among six people taken to hospital after the crash which happened on the Manoo Road in Kesh at about 1.30pm yesterday.

A PSNI spokesman said they were being treated for minor injuries, along with another man who was also involved in the collision.

He added: “Two men are described as being in a critical condition and a woman is described as being in a serious condition.”

All of the casualties were taken to the Erne Hospital in Enniskillen for treatment.

The collision occurred at the Ardess crossroads and the road remained closed to traffic until late last night as police carried out investigations at the scene.

The road was cordoned off but a red car could be seen sitting on the grass verge, while a dark grey car — with the roof cut away — was in a nearby field.

UUP MLA for the area Tom Elliott said he was horrified so many people were injured in the accident, which happened on the same road where a lorry driver lost his life in an accident on March 2010.

“My thoughts and sympathies go out to all the families who have been affected by this terrible tragedy,” he said.

Bert Johnston, Fermanagh DUP councillor, said: “This is a tragedy for everyone involved and I hope everyone who was injured can make a full recovery.” His UUP council colleague, Raymond Farrell, said: “This is an unmeasurable blow for the family of the man who has died, particularly during this holiday weekend when people are enjoying themselves.

“To lose someone all of a sudden under such circumstances is absolutely terrible.”

The accident in happened less than 24 hours after another collision in Hillsborough, Co Down, that claimed the life of 41-year-old Robert Hannah.

He was driving a car that was in collision with another vehicle on the Dromara Road at about 5.30pm on Saturday.

Three other people are being treated for injuries as a result of the crash. They are not believed to be life-threatening.

Anyone with any information about either accident or who witnessed the collisions can speak to police by ringing 0845 600 8000.

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