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Two men killed in horrific Tyrone crash were Slovakian

The scene of the fatal accident on the road between Dungannon and Moy
The scene of the fatal accident on the road between Dungannon and Moy
Lauren Harte

By Lauren Harte

The two men who died in Sunday's three-car collision in Co Tyrone were from Slovakia, it has emerged.

The crash involving a Skoda Octavia, a Toyota and a Volvo happened on the A29 Dungannon Road near Moy at around 1pm.

The deceased, who have yet to be named, were travelling in the Skoda.

A female passenger in the car in which the men died, and a man and another woman who were travelling in one of the other cars, were taken to the Royal Victoria Hospital with serious injuries.

Honorary consul for Slovakia Tom Sullivan said the embassy in London had been in contact with the families of the two deceased men and will be providing consular assistance to their relatives.

Mr Sullivan offered his sympathies to the relatives.

He said: "This is very tragic incident where two men have lost their lives and their families are dealing with this terrible news."

SDLP councillor Denise Mullen also extended her condolences to the families of those who died.

"My thoughts are with those who have lost loved ones in the devastating crash on the main road between Moy and Dungannon. The local community is in shock," she said.

"Our thoughts and prayers are with those who have suffered serious injuries and we hope they make a full recovery."

The accident happened at a an accident blackspot, and has brought fresh calls for safety measures.

Dungannon Sinn Fein councillor Dominic Molloy said there have been many tragedies on the road and has called for improvements to be prioritised before any more lives are lost.

"This stretch of road has a bad reputation and there have been a number of serious accidents and a few fatalities," he said.

"It's a pity that it takes an incident like this to focus people's minds on what needs to be done to make our roads safer."

Fermanagh and South Tyrone Sinn Fein MP Michelle Gildernew added: "This corner is well-known and notorious and while it is signposted with warnings, it's an accident blackspot.

"Other than ramps, which aren't popular, I don't know how we can slow the traffic down or keep people safe."

Ms Gildernew said she would be calling for increased safety measures to be implemented at a planned meeting with Department for Infrastructure officials yesterday.

Meanwhile, police have told those sharing images and making comments about Sunday's crash that they could face court.

The PSNI took Facebook to warn people about their comments and actions on social media in the aftermath of the tragedy.

Officers told those responsible for sharing the pictures to take them down.

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