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Motorist killed and five hurt in crash tragedy

By Raymond Kilpatrick

A man was killed and five others injured in a road traffic accident in Co Londonderry yesterday morning.

The single vehicle accident occurred on the Sixtowns Road, just outside Draperstown, shortly before 11.30am.

It is understood the dead man — who was 34 — was the driver of the vehicle, a Honda Accord.

A second man aged 21 was taken to hospital for treatment to injuries that are not believed to be life-threatening.

Four other males, aged 19, 20, 24 and 28, who were also in the vehicle at the time, were treated for cuts, bruises and shock.

The Sixtowns Road is one of the busiest routes in the area, according to locals, as it links the village to a number of surrounding towns.

Magherafelt councillor Patrick Groogan said large volumes of motorists use the road daily.

“It is a country road with a lot of hills on it, but there have been few casualties over the years,” he said. “People who are familiar with it would always know to watch when driving along it.”

Mr Groogan said if the victim was local he would have used the road on a regular basis.

He said: “My sympathies are with the bereaved at this time.”

Sinn Fein councillor Sean Kerr also expressed his condolences to the family of the deceased.

DUP councillor Elizabeth Forde said: “My sympathies are with the family following this tragic accident and they are in our thoughts and prayers.”

Police have appealed for witnesses.

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