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Car collides with horse in Omagh: man killed and four injured

By Adrian Rutherford

A foreign national who died after a car accident in Omagh involving a horse worked at a nearby engineering company.

Four other men were injured, one of them seriously, when the Renault Scenic they were travelling in crashed outside the Co Tyrone town.

The horse was also killed in the accident on the Doogary Road, about three miles from Omagh, at 12.30am yesterday.

The car was carrying a total of five men and it's not clear how the horse came to be on the road.

Three of the occupants were already out of the car when firefighters arrived while the other two were cut from the wreckage, including one pronounced dead at the scene.

The name of the dead man has not yet been released.

It is understood he worked for the Sandvik Group at its factory near Ballygawley.

West Tyrone MLA Declan McAleer, who sits on the Assembly's regional development committee, said he was saddened by the tragedy.

"I wish to offer sincere sympathy with the victim's family and express my hope that the people injured make a full and speedy recovery," he said.

"I understand that the man who died was employed by a local engineering company and was making his way home after completing a work shift.

"This is a terrible tragedy for his family and strengthens our resolve to improve road safety."

West Tyrone SDLP MLA Joe Byrne said it was a reminder of the dangers on our roads.

"My thoughts and sympathies are with the family of the man who was killed," he said. "One life lost on our roads is one too many and we need to ensure we make our roads as safe as possible."

Police have appealed for the owner of the horse to contact them.

The seriously injured man is in a stable condition in hospital. The other three men's injuries are not believed to be life threatening.

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