Malachi Cush and another man hurt as car ploughs into them in Dungannon
Singer Malachi Cush was badly injured yesterday after a car careered down a street in Dungannon, mounted the pavement and hit him and a local businessman.
It is believed that Mr Cush (38) had been buying gardening equipment in SA Trotter's hardware store on Scotch Street shortly after 10.30am when the incident occurred.
Andrew Trotter from the store was helping the former Fame Academy star to his VW Touareg with the equipment when a Volvo careered down the steep street and crashed into them while they were standing at the boot of the vehicle.
It is believed Mr Cush has injuries to the lower legs and head and Mr Trotter suffered injuries to his head and elbow.
The Ambulance Service said that the scene was attended by two emergency response crews, two rapid response paramedics and the Air Ambulance.
Mr Trotter was taken to Craigavon Area Hospital and Mr Cush was rushed to the Royal Victoria Hospital in Belfast.
One local shop owner, who did not wish to be named, said he arrived on the scene shortly after the crash.
"From what people were saying the two men were standing at the back of the vehicle and the car came down the road and hit them, forcing Malachi's car on down the road. The two men were knocked down," he said.
"When I got there the two men were on the ground. There were a few people there giving them assistance.
"They were talking to them, making sure they stayed conscious until the ambulance arrived.
"They made them comfortable and covered them in blankets to keep them warm."
Andrew's dad Samuel said: "I got a call to come to the shop this morning and when I got here I was told that something had happened just as Andrew and our customer Malachi had been lifting something out to the car.
"A car had hit them on the street and they were injured. Andrew had been taken to Craigavon Hospital and Malachi was taken to the Royal. As far as I know, neither of them have life-threatening injuries."
Brian MacAuley, chief executive of Dungannon Enterprise Centre, said that the town was "lucky not to be dealing with a tragedy today".
"It was a total shock what happened to Andrew and Malachi," he said.
"I know both of them really well and they are both very well liked and respected in the town.
"It is a relief to know that their injuries are not life-threatening.
"The community is in real shock that something like this could happen here.
"Scotch Street is a very, very steep hill and any car going down that hill could build up quite a speed.
"We are very lucky that we are not looking at fatalities here. Everyone in the town would be wishing Andrew and Malachi a speedy recovery."
Police say they are still investigating what happened.
PSNI Sergeant David Cochrane said: "We are looking into the cause of the collision and would be keen to hear from anyone who was in the area and saw what happened, or who may have captured dash cam footage.
"Officers can be contacted at Dungannon police station by calling 101."