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Man killed and woman is injured in Co Fermanagh crash near Kesh

By David Young

Published 11/06/2015

Police at the scene of a fatal crash near Kesh last night
Police at the scene of a fatal crash near Kesh last night

A man died and a woman was hospitalised following a two-vehicle road crash in Co Fermanagh yesterday.

The man who died is thought to have been in his 50s.

The name of the victim has not yet been released.

A car and a van were involved in a collision on the Manoo Road near Kesh at approximately 6pm.

The woman was rushed to the South West Acute Hospital in Ennisillen, where her condition was last night described as stable.

It was not immediately clear which of the vehicles the dead man and the injured woman were in.

Emergency services remained at the scene last night and the road was closed, according to the PSNI.

It's not clear when the route may reopen. Police accident invesigation officers will now seek to determine the cause of the crash.

Driving conditions yesterday were excellent after a dry, sunny day.

Local DUP councillor David Mahon, who lives near the Kesh crash scene, said that the Manoo Road had a long history of fatal accidents.

The councillor said that diversions to facilitate road resurfacing work currently under way in the nearby village of Ederney had pushed an increased volume of traffic onto the road where last night's fatal accident took place.

Ulster Unionist councillor Raymond Farrell said he'd had a bad accident on the same road.

He said: "I've just heard about this crash.

"This is devastating news for the local community to have this tragedy on our doorstep.

"The Manoo Road is very dangerous.

"I was in a serious road accident on it myself 20 years ago so I'm alway very careful when I am driving on it."

Yesterday's fatality brings to 31 the number of people killed on Northern Ireland's roads this year, five of whom have died in the Fermanagh & Omagh Council area.

In 2014 there were 29 deaths on the roads at the same stage of the year.

The first fatality this year was on January 4.

A man in his 80s was involved in a traffic collision in Co Antrim and later died.

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