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Road death sparks call for upgrade

By Cate McCurry

Published 19/12/2015

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A "notoriously dangerous" road in Co Tyrone should be upgraded in the wake of a crash that claimed the life of a pensioner, it has been claimed

A "notoriously dangerous" road in Co Tyrone should be upgraded in the wake of a crash that claimed the life of a pensioner, it has been claimed.

Kieran McSorley (66), from the Omagh area, was a front seat passenger when the vehicle he was travelling in collided with another car.

The crash happened on the Omagh Road in Ballygawley just before 7pm on Thursday.

Three others were injured in the two-vehicle collision and were yesterday receiving treatment in hospital.

Mr McSorley's death has prompted further calls for the redevelopment of the stretch of road on the A5.

Local SDLP councillor Sharon McAleer claimed the road was "not fit for purpose" and had taken many lives over the years.

She also expressed her sympathies with the families involved and described the crash as a "terrible tragedy".

"The loved ones of Kieran McSorley are today coming to terms with devastating news, and the friends and relatives of the three other people in hospital are also coping with a very difficult situation," she said.

"It is not just a terrible thing to happen at this time of year - it is a tragedy for it to happen anytime."

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