Belfast Telegraph

Police hunt for driver who fled horrific crash leaving three injured

By Brett Campbell

Police are searching for a driver who fled a horrific crash scene in Co Down yesterday leaving three injured passengers upside down in a field where the vehicle had landed on its roof.

The Air Ambulance was dispatched to Scrabo Road in Newtownards after the Mazda MX6 carrying four people hit a telegraph pole shortly before 11.30am.

The grey-coloured vehicle flipped over as it veered off the road near Killynether Wood and landed in an adjacent field.

By the time emergency crews arrived there were only three people in the car, which police confirmed was not taxed or insured.

Three A&E teams, a rapid response paramedic and an ambulance officer attended the incident which resulted in the road being closed for several hours.

Two of the casualties were taken to the Royal Victoria Hospital and were discharged a short time later.

A third person, who was taken to the Ulster Hospital, is not believed to have sustained life-threatening injuries.

PSNI Ards has appealed for witnesses to help them locate the missing driver.

"We are seeking any witnesses to the driver of the vehicle involved," they wrote on Facebook.

"As you see it used to be a Mazda MX6 and has very distinctive green alloys. When we arrived it was reported that the driver had left the scene of the collision and they have not yet been located.

"Should anyone have witnessed this vehicle in Newtownards prior to the incident this morning please get in touch by calling 101 quoting reference cc2017111500421."

DUP councillor Naomi Armstrong Cotter urged people to come forward with information in order to establish what happened.

"I find it absolutely shocking that anyone would flee the scene of a serious accident, this could have been so much worse," she said.

"Thankfully no one was seriously hurt."

Meanwhile the Lisnevenagh Road in Ballymena was closed in both directions following a separate collision near the junction at Woodgreen Road just after 1pm.

A Fire and Rescue crew was called to the scene to pry a man, aged his 30s, from a vehicle before he was taken to Antrim Area Hospital and treated for non life-threatening injuries - he was discharged a short time later.

A woman in her 40s in a separate vehicle also escaped serious injuries. The accident caused major traffic delays as diversions were put in place until just after 5pm.

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