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Two men left critically hurt in Portadown car crash

By Ann W Schmidt

Published 14/10/2016

An overturned car on the Mahon Road near Portadown
An overturned car on the Mahon Road near Portadown
The scene of the crash on the Straid Road in Ballycastle

Two men are in a critical condition and three others were injured after a car crash in Portadown on Wednesday night.

Three men and two women were involved in the one-vehicle collision on the Mahon Road.

One of the men was brought to the Royal Victoria Hospital in Belfast and the others were brought to Craigavon Area Hospital. One of the women has been discharged from hospital.

Mahon Road was closed until yesterday afternoon while the police investigated the scene.

DUP councillor Darryn Causby of the Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council said he is worried about the serious nature of the accident.

He said the stretch of road where the crash occurred can be dangerous.

"First and foremost, my thoughts and prayers are with those injured. I wish them a speedy recovery. My thoughts are also with the families," he said.

DUP councillor Jonathan Buckley said: "It seems to be quite a serious accident. My thoughts and prayers are with those involved and their families. We hope everyone can make a full recovery."

Meanwhile, the Straid Road in Ballycastle was closed due to a two-vehicle road traffic collision.

The crash involved a car and a van. Three people suffered injuries and it is understood the ambulance service removed the driver from a burning car. Their injuries are not believed to be life-threatening.

Police are appealing for witnesses.

Sergeant Gibson said: "It was reported at around 9.40pm on Wednesday 12th October, the driver of a silver Renault Clio lost control of their vehicle on the Mahon Road in Portadown.

"This resulted in the car driving through a wire fence and ending up overturned onto its roof in a concrete yard. The incident left a number of people injured, including two males who remain in a critical condition in hospital.

"We are appealing to anyone who may have witnessed this incident or have any information regarding the collision to contact police in Lurgan on the non-emergency number 101, quoting reference 12/10/16. Or, alternatively if someone would prefer to provide information without giving their details they can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111."

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