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Fermanagh crash: Man dies after car smashes into tree

By Nevin Farrell

Published 20/06/2016

Fermanagh Ulster Unionist MLA Tom Elliott last night said local people were telling him one person had tragically been killed in the collision
Fermanagh Ulster Unionist MLA Tom Elliott last night said local people were telling him one person had tragically been killed in the collision

A man in his 70s has died following a road accident in Co Fermanagh.

The vicitm was the driver of a car which left the road and struck a tree on Gardiners Cross Road in Tempo . He was taken to hospital where he died a short time later.

Two passengers were taken to hospital and were treated for non-life threatening injuries. The road was closed for a number of hours but has since re-opened.

UUP MP for the area Tom Elliott said: "You hear of these accidents and your heart just almost stops because there have been so many deaths on the roads and Fermanagh has had its unfair share.

"You think of the families at this time. I understand this happened at a really bad corner on that road which I have been trying to get work done on for a while, because there is a serious accident history there.

"I have been trying to get a non-slip surface on it."

He said officials told him in December they were planning to put high friction surfacing on the bend. He was unaware if the work had taken place yet.

Mr Elliott said he knew of five accidents at the bend within a one-year period.

Local resident Bernie McGarry said she was shocked that there had been an accident which, she said, happened at a "very bad bend" around a mile from Maguiresbridge on the road to Tempo.

"It is only yards down the road from us. There have been a few accidents at that corner."

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