Belfast Telegraph

Biker in accident fighting for his life

By Donna Deeney

The motorcyclist involved in a serious collision on the Killyclogher Road near Omagh on Thursday night remains in a critical condition in the Royal Victoria Hospital.

The man, who is understood to be in his early 20s, was transferred from Altnagelvin Hospital to the Royal in Belfast, where his family are maintaining a bedside vigil.

He sustained his injuries when his motorcycle was in collision with a silver Vauxhall Corsa at the junction with Loughmacrory Road at around 5.20pm on Thursday.

The man is from the village of Killyclogher, where Sinn Fein councillor Anne Marie Fitzgerald said everyone had been shocked and saddened by the news.

She added: "Unfortunately, all too often we hear of a serious traffic collision where someone we know has been badly injured or killed.

"There is never a good time to get news that someone in your family has been seriously hurt, but Christmas brings additional poignancy and I, like everyone in the village, wish this young man a speedy recovery.

"I would appeal to everyone on the roads over the Christmas and New Year period to be cautious, take care and look out for other road users, especially motorcyclists, who are particularly vulnerable."

A police spokesman said investigations into the circumstances of the road collision were continuing.

Police are appealing to anyone who was in the area at the time and who may have witnessed the collision, or either vehicle in the run-up to the collision, to contact Omagh PSNI station on the non-emergency number 101, quoting reference number 1030 22/12/16.

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