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Man dies and three injured in Fermanagh crash

By Ann W Schmidt

Published 17/10/2016

The Derrygonnelly Road in Enniskillen where the fatal crash occurred
The Derrygonnelly Road in Enniskillen where the fatal crash occurred

One man has died after a two-vehicle crash in Co Fermanagh.

Another person in the car with the deceased man was injured, while two others in the second vehicle were also hurt.

The accident happened on the Derrygonnelly Road in Enniskillen on Saturday afternoon.

Ulster Unionist MLA, Rosemary Barton, expressed her sympathy to the family and friends of the victim who lost his life.

"It is with great sadness that I learned of the fatality following the accident on the Derrygonnelly Road in Enniskillen on Saturday afternoon," she said.

"This is the second death on our roads in Co Fermanagh over this past week.

"I wish to express my heartfelt condolences to the family and friends of the man who died and also wish a full recovery to the other people involved in this crash.

"With the wet weather coming after a prolonged period of dry weather, the roads have a tendency to be greasy and people should exercise extra caution.

"As the winter draws in, driving conditions will also start to become worse on a more regular basis. I urge everyone to be careful and stay safe."

The victim died on Saturday, but police only released details yesterday.

DUP councillor Keith Elliott said: "Our thoughts are very much with the family of the guy who lost his life.

"My understanding is it was quite a horrific scene. And very good work by the response team.

"I commend them for their work at this scene."

UUP Erne West councillor Alex Baird said the accident highlighted the importance of caution while driving.

"It's very sad that these things happen. I want to pass on my condolences to the relatives of the man who passed away," he said.

The PSNI have asked for witnesses.

Inspector Keith Hicks said: "I would appeal to anyone who may have witnessed this collision, which occurred at approximately 2.00pm on Saturday, 15 October, to please contact police at Enniskillen on the non-emergency number 101, quoting reference 708 15/10/16."

The man becomes the 40th male to have died on Northern Ireland's roads so far this year, out of a total of 55 fatalities.

His name had not been released last night.

Last week, a pensioner died days after he was involved in a three-car collision in Co Fermanagh. The man, aged in his 70s, was rushed to hospital at 4pm on Saturday after he was involved in the accident on the Drumwhinny Road in Kesh.

However, he died in hospital last Monday.

And a 23-year-old woman from Co Tyrone died in a single car crash last Thursday on Victoria Road between Londonderry and Strabane.

Caoimhe O'Brien, a careworker from the Newtownstewart area, was described as a "gem" by her friends and family.

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