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Man injured with Malachi Cush in smash 'lucky to be alive'

Recovering: Malachi Cush
Recovering: Malachi Cush
Leona O'Neill

By Leona O'Neill

The father of a Dungannon business man who was badly injured alongside local singer Malachi Cush in a road accident has said he is thankful he did not have to bury his son this week.

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

Mr Cush 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.

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

Mr Trotter's elderly father Sam told the Belfast Telegraph that the family had been left "numbed" by the incident.

He said his son had to endure a four-hour operation to mend his "smashed elbow" and was still in hospital.

"He will hopefully be let out of hospital today for the weekend," he said.

"He has to return on Monday. He had a big operation on Wednesday on his elbow - the surgery lasted for four hours and three minutes.

"His elbow was smashed completely.

"The surgeon, a fantastic surgeon from the Craigavon Area Hospital, worked at it for all that time, and then he (Mr Trotter) was in recovery for another four hours.

"He now has a plaster cast from his wrist right up to his shoulder.

"He had quite a few gashes to his head and shoulders and has stitches everywhere.

"The blood was just everywhere."

Mr Trotter Snr said that he was just thankful that he did not have to attend his son's funeral this week.

"It really was a shocking thing to have happened," he said.

"We are all just so glad that he is okay.

"It's a good job that his funeral didn't take place on Wednesday. That is how we feel.

"No one expected that - to have two ambulances and an air ambulance outside the shop on a Monday morning.

"We were just completely numbed by what happened. We couldn't talk."

Meanwhile, Malachi Cush's team released a statement thanking everyone for their support following the crash.

"Sincere thanks to everyone for their messages, phone calls and prayers for Malachi today," a statement on his official Facebook page read. "They were very much appreciated.

"Thanks especially to everyone who assisted at the scene - the medical team, the PSNI and all who came to his aid, as well as the brilliant staff at the Royal Victoria Hospital.

"Thank God, Malachi is now recovering well and will be singing again in no time."

Police are still investigating the circumstances surrounding the incident.

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."

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