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Teenage girl and man fighting for lives after separate crashes in Northern Ireland

The car involved in a crash in Dungannon
The car involved in a crash in Dungannon
The scene at Ballycrochan Road in Bangor
The crash at Kennedy Way
Brett Campbell

By Brett Campbell

Prayers are being said for four teenagers who were injured in a collision in Co Down which has left one of the girls fighting for her life.

The 19-year-old driver of the Fiat Grande Punto that crashed on Ballycrochan Road in Bangor remained critically ill in hospital last night.

Three other females of a similar age were also taken to hospital following the single vehicle collision near Six Road Ends in the early hours of yesterday. One has since been discharged.

It is understood the car hit a tree along the winding road at around 3.30am.

Councillor Peter Martin said the crash had shocked the local community.

"This is a very tragic incident which is terrible for all the girls who have been hurt and their families," he said.

"It happened on a really bad stretch of road which can be really rough.

"My thoughts and prayers are with the girls and their loved ones.

"Everyone is praying they make a full recovery."

Councillor Mark Brooks said the circumstances of the crash, which happened on a narrow part of a partly rural road that leads to a built-up housing area, are not yet known.

"At this time our thoughts should be with the families and those injured," he added.

"The tragedy is made particularly harrowing by the fact it happened on Father's Day."

PSNI Inspector Jonathan Francey has appealed for anyone travelling in the area between 3.15am and 3.30am to contact detectives.

"We would also like to hear from anyone who may have captured dash-cam footage," he added.

The road was closed for almost 12 hours yesterday to allow police to investigate the cause of the collision.

Meanwhile, a man in his 30s is fighting for his life following a crash in Co Tyrone yesterday.

The Moy Road, Dungannon, was closed after his silver BMW X5 struck a tree shortly after 5am.

Councillor Walter Cuddy said he has been campaigning for added safety measures on the "treacherous stretch of road", where several people had already lost their lives.

"But that's not going to help this man. All we can do is hope that he pulls through and makes a full recovery," he added.

Last night the driver's condition remained critical.

Police have appealed for witnesses to contact them on 101.

In west Belfast, emergency services were called to the scene of a crash after a BMW saloon overturned on the M1 near Kennedy Way last night.

The luxury vehicle appeared to have hit a central crash barrier and overturned, ending up on its side across the carriageway.

Speaking to the Belfast Telegraph last night, the Northern Ireland Ambulance Service said: "We got a call to the incident at 8.30pm following a report that a car had overturned at Kennedy Way.

"We dispatched an emergency ambulance to the scene, and took one patient to hospital to be treated for neck injuries sustained in the crash."

The injuries are not thought to be life-threatening.

A St John Ambulance crew also attended the incident.

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