Belfast Telegraph

Monday 28 July 2014

Two young friends killed in Co Fermanagh twilight road smash horror

The scene of the crash in Co Fermanagh where the two men died
Sean Martin
John Irwin

Two young men have died in a car crash in Co Fermanagh.

The one-vehicle tragedy happened yesterday afternoon on the Pettigo Road, Kesh, just outside Pettigo, a small village on the border with Co Donegal.

The PSNI said the close pals, aged 18 and 22, died at the scene.

They have been named locally as Sean Martin from Pettigo, Co Donegal and John Irwin from Castlederg in Co Tyrone.

Ambulance and fire service personnel from Northern Ireland attended the crash shortly before sunset around 4.20pm yesterday, but no action was required by either and paramedics and specialist firefighters were stood down.

A section of the road was closed for several hours while accident scene investigators examined the area of the fatal crash.

The police in Enniskillen are appealing for witnesses.

Last night, West Tyrone MLA Michaela Boyle told the Belfast Telegraph she was familiar with the area where the crash occurred, adding that it was "very sparse and open".

"It's shocking to hear of this horrendous tragedy," the Sinn Fein MLA said.

"I want to extend my condolences to both the families. My heart goes out to them.

"On a Sunday afternoon it's terrible for any family to get the news of the death of a son or brother.

"My thoughts and prayers are with them."

Strabane District councillor Kieran McGuire also said he was saddened to learn of the young men's deaths.

"At this time of year, with Christmas coming up, it's particularly tragic," the Sinn Fein councillor said.

"My thoughts are with the family and friends of both men.

"It's another sad loss of life on the roads."

Meanwhile, two men and a woman were injured during a one vehicle crash near Crossmaglen in Co Armagh.

Police said they needed urgent hospital treatment following the collision on the Dundalk Road at 2pm yesterday.

A PSNI spokesman has appealed for anyone who witnessed the collision involving a blue Volkswagen Passat to get in touch with them.

A spokeswoman for the Southern Trust said: "Two men and one woman are being treated at Daisy Hill hospital.

"One person is stable and the other two are in a serious condition."

So far this year 49 people have died on Northern Ireland's roads, marking an increase on the total death toll for 2012, which stood at 48.

Relative to other areas in the UK, Northern Ireland has:

* the highest number of road traffic injury collisions per 100,000 population – approximately 35% more than the best performing region (Scotland).

* the highest number of road traffic injury collisions per 10,000 registered vehicles – approximately 70% more than the best performing region (Wales).

* more injury collisions, per 1m vehicle kilometres driven, compared to Great Britain.

Source: NI Road Safety Partnership

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