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Appeal for witnesses as men left in critical condition after road crashes

By Staff Reporter

Two men were fighting for their lives in hospital last night after separate road accidents over the weekend.

A motorcyclist was taken to the Royal Victoria Hospital following a serious one-vehicle collision in Co Tyrone on Saturday.

He was on a green Honda motorbike that crashed on the Pomeroy Road in Donaghmore at around 12.45pm.

A second man was also taken to the Royal following a three-vehicle road crash on the Comber Road in Killyleagh on Saturday at around 8.30pm.

A woman was also taken to the Ulster Hospital for checks following this incident, but is not thought to have serious injuries.

The road was closed overnight between Ringdufferin and Derryboy crossroads, but has since reopened.

The Belfast Trust has said both men remain in a critical condition in hospital.

Donaghmore has been the scene of a number of recent accidents.

Last month fire crews had to remove two casualties from their cars after a crash on the Tullycullion Road near Donaghmore.

In November, a 24-year-old woman was also treated in hospital for injuries following a two-vehicle crash near the village.

Sinn Fein councillor Mickey Gillespie - who lives near Saturday's crash site - said the thoughts of local people were with the injured man who is not thought to be from the area.

"We wish him well and hope he makes a full recovery," he said.

"This is a fairly main route which goes from Donaghmore into Omagh.

"This road wouldn't be the scene of many serious crashes, but there are some very bad bends on that road in particular."

DUP councillor William Walker, who lives in Killyleagh, said he was thinking of the man injured on the Comber Road, which leads out of the village towards Ards.

Mr Walker said there had been a number of fatalities on the road including the death of a motorcyclist two years ago.

Police are appealing for information.

A police spokeswoman said of the Comber Road crash: "Sergeant Sam Ballard would appeal to anyone who may have witnessed this incident to contact police at Downpatrick on the non-emergency number 101, quoting reference 1275 04/02/17."

She added: "Police are appealing for any motorists who were on the Pomeroy Road between 12.30pm and 12.45pm and who may have witnessed this road traffic collision to contact police at Dungannon on the non-emergency number 101, quoting reference 590 04/02/17."

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