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One dead and four injured in 'extremely serious' Co Tyrone road crash

Public asked not to attend A&E at Altnagelvin unless "absolutely necessary" while it deals with those injured

By John Mulgrew

A 62-year-old man has died in a serious road crash in Co Tyrone, which has also left four others seriously injured.

The smash - involving a black Suzuki Vitara jeep and a blue Toyota Avensis - happened on the Melmount Road close to Sion Mills at about 10.50am on Wednesday morning.

The man who has died was a passenger in one of the vehicles.

Two other men, one aged in his 20s and one aged in his 40s, and two women, one aged in her 20s and one aged in her 50s have been taken to Altnagelvin Hospital in Derry for treatment for their injuries, which are described as serious.

The Melmount Road has reopened.

The Western Trust now asked the public not to attend its A&E unless "absolutely necessary" while it deals with those injured in the crash.

SDLP West Tyrone MLA Joe Byrne expressed his sadness.

"This is tragic news. My heart goes out to the families of those involved and I offer my deepest sympathy," he said.

SDLP councillor Patsy Kelly said his thoughts were with those killed and injured.

"It's very sad to hear this news - another tragedy on the outskirts of Sion Mills," he said.

"My thoughts go to the family of those killed and injured. This is a very sad start to the New Year."

A spokesman for the Northern Ireland Fire Service said firefighters used cutting equipment to free five people trapped within the two cars.

Diversions have now been put in place at Victoria Bridge and on the Strabane side of the village.

Drivers are asked to avoid the area.

The death comes just days after a 65-year-old man was killed in a collision with two other cars nearby, on the main road between Newtownstewart and Victoria Bridge, Co. Tyrone.

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