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PSNI hunt joyriders who fled road crash

By Donna Deeney

A man who ran to the scene of a serious road accident has described how so-called joyriders fled the scene, leaving their injured victims in agony.

Sinn Fein councillor Colly Kelly revealed how an elderly woman appeared to suffer two broken legs after the head-on collision.

The crash victims included a pregnant woman, a toddler and an elderly couple who were all taken to Altnagelvin hospital. No injuries were believed to be life-threatening.

Three people who ran off after the three-vehicle collision in Londonderry are believed to be car thieves who drove head-on into the two pensioners.

Six people were in the other two cars involved.

The occupants of the stolen car fled the scene almost immediately and police are continuing to search for them.

The crash happened shortly before 3pm on Wednesday on the Hollyhall Road near the Creggan area.

Mr Kelly, who was with his partner and children, heard the smash and ran to the scene moments later.

"We heard two really loud crashes then a car horn that was constant and I knew straight away it had to have been a car collision," he said.

"We ran over from the Creggan Country Park to the road and straight away it was obvious it was serious.

"An elderly woman was lying on the road and I went straight to her. She had come out of the car she was in but her two legs, which were broken, couldn't keep her up.

"She was in so much pain, it was awful to watch her."

He added: "Her husband had been driving the car that was hit head-on and he was holding his chest with the blood running down his face.

"My partner is a nurse so while she was trying to help him, I was with his wife and ringing the emergency services. Other people were also there helping the occupants of the second car.

"There were three people in that car, a man, a woman who was pregnant and a wee toddler.

"I'm not sure what the extent of their injuries were but they seemed to be in a lot of pain too."

The occupants of the third car had already gone and it is not known if they sustained any injuries.

A police spokesman said: "At this time it is believed that three people from one of the cars involved made off from the scene. Enquiries are ongoing at this time."

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