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Singer Malachi Cush thanks well-wishers after release from hospital following runaway car crash

Recovering: Malachi Cush
Recovering: Malachi Cush

Co Tyrone singer Malachi Cush has thanked well-wishers after being released from hospital after being hit by a runaway car.

The former Fame Academy star admitted that he had spent "longer than expected" recovering at the Royal Victoria and Musgrave Park hospitals following the crash earlier this month.

Mr Cush and Dungannon businessman Andrew Trotter were hurt after a car careered down Scotch Street in Dungannon, mounted the pavement and hit them on Monday, June 3.

The popular star had been buying gardening equipment in SA Trotter's family hardware store shortly after 10.30am when a Volvo car came down the hill and crashed into both men as they stood at the boot of Mr Cush's vehicle.

During the accident Mr Cush sustained injuries to his lower legs and head, while Mr Trotter suffered injuries to his head, shoulder and elbow.

As a result of his injuries Mr Cush had to undergo surgery and said that he now faces "the long road of rehabilitation".

Despite his injuries Mr Cush was in buoyant form after his release on Wednesday and sent a message of thanks to all those who had offered him support.

"A sincere word of thanks to everyone who sent cards, messages, said a prayer or supported us in any way!," he said in an online message.

Mr Cush said that "the wonderful cards, messages and prayers I’ve received made it easier to get through" and thanked those who supported his wife Claire and family.

He said that he was in touch with Mr Trotter who was also "on the way to recovery".

Mr Cush also paid tribute to staff in the Royal Victoria and Musgrave Park hospitals for their "fantastic care".

"My focus now turns to the journey of rehabilitation and getting back to my old self," he said.

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