Dundrum accident woman critical after being hit by more than one vehicle
A woman in her 20s was fighting for her life in hospital last night after being hit by two cars in an accident.
Three ambulances attended the scene at around 8pm and the critically injured victim, believed to be a pedestrian, was taken to Belfast for emergency treatment.
The accident happened on a main road bordering the Murlough Bay nature reserve, near Dundrum, Co Down and involved a grey BMW X5.
A Northern Ireland Ambulance Service spokesman said: "We were called at 7.57pm to reports that a female pedestrian had been knocked down.
"We sent two crews who were on the scene within minutes.
"The woman was taken to the Royal Victoria Hospital with serious injuries."
A spokeswoman for the Belfast Health Trust said that the injured woman remained in a critical condition in the Royal Victoria Hospital.
The Newcastle Road in Dundrum remained closed last night as police launched an investigation into the circumstances surrounding the incident.
The PSNI advised motorists to avoid the area while the probe was ongoing.
Local reports suggested the woman suffered head and chest injuries after being hit by more than one vehicle.
Local councillor Garth Craig said the news was very depressing, coming as it did in the wake of two young Markethill men dying on Northern Ireland's roads on the same day, and a young child being killed in an accident in Newtownards on Wednesday.
Inspector Stephen Humphries said: “We are investigating the circumstances surrounding the collision and would like to hear from anyone who was in the area at the time and witnessed this incident. We can be contacted on 101, quoting ref: 977 210116.”