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Police appeal after young mum is killed in Clogher car crash

By Aaron Tinney

A popular young mother has been killed in a car crash in Co Tyrone.

Amanda Kelly died when the BMW car she was driving was in a collision with a lorry.

The married mum-of-one, a baker from Augher, was involved in the accident with the truck on the Ballagh Road yesterday, shortly after 6am.

The male driver of the lorry was not hurt. Police are appealing for witnesses.

Amanda, aged in her 20s, worked in the new product development department of Scott's bakery on the Ballagh Road, Fivemiletown. She married agricultural contractor Emmett Kelly in 2013, and the couple have a young son called Jack.

Her Facebook page is filled with photos of her son playing on a tractor and enjoying the sunshine in the countryside.

It also shows she had hundreds of friends and loved nights out with pals, rally driving and her family.

One of the last things she posted on her social media page was a tribute to the victims of May's Manchester Arena bomb attack.

Local councillors last night sent condolences to the young mother's grieving family.

Clogher Valley SDLP Councillor Sharon McAleer said Amanda's death was "a shock for the whole community, as well as a tragedy for the family".

DUP representative Frances Burton added: "My heart goes out to the whole family at this dreadful time."

One of Amanda's close friends, Lydia Crawford, yesterday afternoon posted two photos of them enjoying a night out together.

Above the images she wrote: "I wish this wasn't true, Amanda Kelly. You were the life and soul of the party. When you were coming out we were guaranteed a good night! We love you and will miss you madly!

"Sleep tight, 'Boss Lady'."

One friend posted on social media in response: "Sorry to hear that, Lydia. Life can be so cruel. Lots of hugs. Xx."

Inspector Keith Hicks appealed to anyone who saw the collision to get in touch with police.

He said: "We are keen to hear from anyone who witnessed this collision or who was travelling on the Ballagh Road this morning and who may be able to assist the investigation."

Officers can be contacted on 101, quoting reference number 139 09/06/17.

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