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MLA wants answers after police vehicle collides with ambulance

By Amanda Poole

A DUP man has called on Roads Service to explain what led to a series of collisions involving a police off-road vehicle and an ambulance.

The M1 westbound and A4 dual carriageway between Dungannon and Ballygawley was closed on Sunday morning because of icy road conditions.

The police said four “minor” accidents were reported on the A4 between 9am and 10am yesterday and black ice was also reported in the Omagh area.

However, Fermanagh and South Tyrone MLA Lord Morrow described the scene as “horrific”.

He said the A4 is independently maintained and called on Transport Minister Danny Kennedy to carry out an investigation into the circumstances of the collisions. “One motorist saw a car flip over onto its roof and a police vehicle and ambulance collided,” he said. “He described it as akin to driving through a breaker’s yard.

“ Other cars which had been involved were parked on the hard shoulder.

“I understand two police officers have sustained injuries and their vehicle, as well as the ambulance, was damaged.”

Elsewhere, the wintry showers and icy conditions caused headaches for motorists across Northern Ireland.

There were moderate accumulations of snow over high ground on Saturday and yesterday.

A yellow alert for ice was also issued by the Met Office.

Meteogroup forecaster Matt Dobson said the lowest weekend temperature was -3.7C at Katesbridge, with a high of 5C recorded in Belfast.

“Today sees a wet start with lots of heavy rain. It will clear to leave a cold afternoon with sunshine and showers,” Mr Dobson said. “The maximum temperature Northern Ireland can expect is 10C, which is considerably warmer than we have seen recently.”

Mr Dobson said tonight will be cold and not as frosty, but with a risk of ice patches forming.

“On Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday it will be milder than we have seen recently,” he added.

“There will be brisk westerly winds and outbreaks of rain at times. Northern Ireland could see temperatures of 13C.”

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