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PSNI share harrowing photo of fence impaled in driver's headrest after Lisburn car crash

By Claire Cromie

It's a harrowing sight - this panel of fencing impaled in the headrest of a car was inches away from from causing its driver a serious head injury.

The shocking photograph was shared by the PSNI on the force's Lisburn district Facebook page on Friday, showing how the piece of fencing smashed through the car window and straight into the headrest.

The driver suffered a number of injuries, including broken ribs. He remains in hospital and gave police permission to use the picture.

Chief Inspector John Wilson said: "Look carefully at this photograph. Understand the reality of this situation. Drive safely, and do all you can to avoid being in the same situation. This driver was incredibly lucky not to sustain much more serious injuries."

He added: "A full investigation has been launched to determine the cause of this accident, but this picture shows that the driver of this vehicle was just inches away from a serious head injury.

"He is in hospital suffering from a number of other injuries including suspected broken ribs but he gave us permission to use the picture so we could show just how shocking this was.”

Lisburn has had seven fatal road collisions this year - six more than this time last year.

Across Northern Ireland 73 people have been killed on our roads.

“We are getting tougher with drivers who flout the law," said Ch Inspector Wilson. "In Lisburn between the beginning of October and November 16, 145 fixed penalty notices were given to drivers for driving offences, which included 49 for excess speed and 56 for using a mobile phone. Two people were fined for not wearing a seat belt."

Further reading:

Two men die after separate crashes in Lisburn and Co Fermanagh 

Cloughmills tragedy mother: I never want to go up that road again, or near that house. I just keep thinking, 'what if?...' 

Cyclist dies after collision with lorry in Co Down: Northern Ireland road death toll rises to 70


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