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Two men who died after car crashed into garden named as Grant Archer and Robert Wilkinson

By John Mulgrew

Two men who died when their car crashed into a garden in Co Tyrone have been named as Grant Archer and Robert Wilkinson

The smash happened overnight on the Old Coagh Road in Cookstown.

The two men who were killed have been named by police as Grant Archer (23) from the Newmills Area, and 28-year-old Robert Wilkinson from Cookstown.

Police received a report that a vehicle had crashed into a garden at around 4am on Sunday.

The men who died were the car's only occupants.

Police have appealed for witnessed to come forward.

The Old Coagh Road was closed to traffic in the wake of the crash but later reopened.

SDLP MLA Patsy McGlone said he was "shocked and deeply saddened".

"The loss of any life in these circumstances is a tragedy but the fact that these two men were so young will only deepen the hurt the community is feeling," he said.

"I want to extend my deepest condolences to the families of the two men whose lives have now been turned upside down as they begin grieving for their loved ones.

"This will be a very difficult time and they'll need all the support they can get from neighbours and friends."

DUP MLA Ian McCrea said it was "important that anyone with any information on how this accident happened" to contact police.

The latest fatalities bring the  total number of deaths on Northern Ireland's roads this year to 16.

It comes as a six-year-old boy died in hospital after he was struck by a car in Lisburn earlier this week

The boy and his twin brother were hit by the vehicle on Railway Street on Wednesday afternoon.

The police confirmed that the boy, named locally as Diarmuid Frazer, had passed away.

His brother Cormac remains in a stable condition at the Royal Victoria Hospital in Belfast.

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