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Officers in crash that left four injured were not chasing a vehicle

BY JOANNE FLEMING

Three police officers injured in a car crash in Co Fermanagh were not involved in a car chase, according to the PSNI.

A police spokesman said the Kesh incident, which saw the officers and the driver of a Toyota Corolla car taken to hospital in the early hours of New Year's Day, was an accident.

A male officer remained in hospital in a stable condition last night, and was being kept in for observation, according to the Western Health and Social Care Trust. The other two officers, a man and a woman, have been released.

The driver of the Toyota car also remained in hospital last night. Details of his condition have not been released, but his injuries are not thought to be life-threatening.

A PSNI spokesman, who was unable to say why police were in the area, said the matter would be referred to the Police Ombudsman for investigation, as was standard practice following such accidents. The officers were travelling in an unmarked car.

The collision occurred at 12.45am on the Boa Island Road, which remained closed to traffic yesterday as the police investigation into the crash continued.

Police said officers were not in pursuit of the driver of the Toyota Corolla or anyone else at the time of the incident.

The Boa Island Road is the main road to Belleek from Kesh, leading to Donegal.

Last January, 19-month-old toddler Ryan Cox from Belleek was killed on the same road in a two-vehicle crash.

The tragedy prompted calls from local representatives for Roads Service to do more to make roads safer in the area.

DUP councillor Bert Johnston said that while the cause of this latest accident was as yet unknown, parts of the Boa Island Road were badly in need of resurfacing.

"There are quite a lot of bad potholes," he said.

SDLP councillor John O'Kane said: "Every year we are on to Roads Service about that particular road. They have been doing some work on it, but it is very prone to flooding and can be quite dangerous."

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