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Co Tyrone farmer dies after being knocked down by car

By Michelle Smyth

A farmer who was knocked down and killed in Co Tyrone has been named as Francis McGurk.

Mr McGurk, who was in his 70s, was struck by a car as he walked on the Mullydoo Road in Greencastle at around 3pm yesterday.

The road remained closed until late last night and police are appealing for anyone with information to contact them on the non-emergency number 101.

Sinn Fein's Sean Clarke said he was saddened to learn of the death of the "very active and hardworking" sheep farmer.

"My condolences are with his wife, children and grandchildren. It's a terrible tragedy in the mouth of Christmas."

The DUP's Charles Chittick added: "It's a terrible tragedy for a man to reach that age and have his life ended in such a way. I will be praying for the family."

Mr McGurk was the 18th pedestrian killed on our roads in 2014. This year there have been 75 road deaths - 61 men and 14 women. In 2013 there were 53 fatalities, and 41 in 2012.

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