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Omagh road victim named as local man Neil McAleer

Published 18/09/2016

The Great Northern Road in Omagh has been closed following a fatal road traffic collision early this morning. A male pedestrian, aged in his 20's, died in the collision involving a lorry. Pic from PACEMAKER BELFAST
The Great Northern Road in Omagh has been closed following a fatal road traffic collision early this morning. A male pedestrian, aged in his 20's, died in the collision involving a lorry. Pic from PACEMAKER BELFAST
The Great Northern Road in Omagh has been closed following a fatal road traffic collision early this morning. A male pedestrian, aged in his 20's, died in the collision involving a lorry. Pic from PACEMAKER BELFAST

A man who died following a collision with a lorry in the early hours of Sunday has been named as Neil McAleer, another man has been arrested.

The 24-year-old is from the Omagh area, the PSNI has said.

He died following an incident on the road with a Ford tipper lorry in Omagh.

The incident happened close to the Brookmount Road overpass and was reported to Police shortly before 4.50am.

A 28-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of a number of motoring offences and is currently in custody assisting police with their enquiries.

Inspector Keith Hicks is appealing for anyone who was travelling on the Great Northern Road early this morning or anyone who noticed a male pedestrian or Ford tipper lorry in the area to contact local police in Omagh or the Collision Investigation Unit by calling 101.

The Great Northern Road in Omagh has now reopened to traffic.

Sinn Féin MLA Declan McAleer said the local community is in shock.

"The death of this young man who was ht by a lorry on the Great Northern Road in Omagh has shocked the local area," he said.

"Any death on our roads is one too many.

"Our thoughts are with the family and friends of this young man at this sad time."

On Friday, 64-year-old William James Walker was knocked down by a lorry close to Belfast city centre and died from his injuries.

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