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Injured trucker faces long recovery after Draperstown crash

BY JOANNE SWEENEY

A woman has spoken of the difficult recovery ahead for her husband who was seriously injured in a Draperstown crash between a lorry and a van.

Jonathan Finlay (37), from Ardstraw, Co Tyrone, was the driver of a lorry involved in a collision on the Magherafelt Road that left a vehicle teetering on the edge of a bridge over a river last Wednesday.

The father-of-two was trapped in the cab for nearly two hours while emergency services worked to release him.

More than 35 members of the Fire and Rescue Service from Magherafelt, Londonderry and Belfast and six ambulance crew and a doctor were involved in the "complex" rescue.

Mr Finlay's wife Nola told the Belfast Telegraph yesterday that her husband has been left with a serious neck injury and a shattered knee from the incident.

"We are waiting for the results of an MRI to tell us just how bad the injury is and if he will be able to walk again," said Mrs Finlay.

"My husband and his friend were travelling home from work. He's only a young man and loved his hunting and shooting at the Baronscourt Estate.

"This has been devastating for us, and it's not easy getting down from Ardstraw to visit him.

"We just don't know what lies ahead of us.

"It was absolutely horrendous to have received a visit from a family friend at quarter to seven that night informing me that Jonny was involved in the accident."

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