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Pedestrian knocked down and killed in Omagh named

Published 18/09/2016

The road has been reopened
The road has been reopened

A pedestrian knocked down and killed in Co Tyrone has been named as 24-year-old Neil McAleer from the Omagh area.

The accident, involving a Ford tipper lorry, happened close to Brookmount Road overpass in Omagh just before 4.50am.

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

The road was sealed off for several hours as accident investigators examined the scene, but has since been reopened.

Sinn Fein's Declan McAleer said the community had been stunned by the tragedy.

The West Tyrone MLA said: "The death of this young man who was hit by a lorry on the Great Northern Road in Omagh has shocked the local area.

"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."

Inspector Keith Hicks from the Police Service of Northern Ireland appealed for anyone who was travelling in the area around the time of the crash to come forward.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police in Omagh or the PSNI's collision investigation unit on 101, quoting reference number 337 of 18/09/16.

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