A5 crash - one confirmed dead, four seriously injured

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Police have confirmed that one person - a man in his 60s - was killed in this morning’s horrific road crash on the main A5 near Sion Mills.

There has been shock at the tragic news which follows the death of a 65-year-old man on the same stretch of road last Friday.

In a statement released within the last half hour. a PSNI spokesperson said: “Police can confirm that a 62 year-old man has died following a two vehicle road traffic collision on the Melmount Road between Sion Mills and Victoria Bridge this morning.

“The collision involving a black coloured Suzuki Vitara jeep and a blue coloured Toyota Avensis occurred at approximately 10.50am. The deceased was a passenger in one of the vehicles. Two men, one aged in his 20s and one aged in his 40s and two women, one aged in her 20s and one aged in her 50s have been taken to hospital for treatment for their injuries which are described as serious. The Melmount Road remains closed at this time.”

Police have appealed to anyone who witnessed the collision or anyone who was travelling on the Melmount Road around the time of the collision to contact them at the Collision Investigation Unit at Steeple Police Station or Strabane Police Station on 0845 600 8000.

Earlier today Altnagelvin Hospital took the unusual step of asking the public to avoid A&E unless absolutely necessary while dealing with casualties from the two-vehicle collision.

In a statement the Western Health and Social Care Trust said: “Following a serious Road Traffic Accident (RTA) outside Strabane today involving a number of people, Altnagelvin Hospital’s Emergency Department is dealing with a small number of patients with complex needs. Therefore we would ask that the public only visit Altnagelvin’s Emergency Department if absolutely necessary.”

Police and other emergency services rushed to the scene of what was described from the outset by the PSNI as an “extremely serious road traffic collision”.

Traffic has been diverted along the Seein Road, with heavy goods vehicles being directed along the Orchard Road.

This is the second fatality on the same route within a week.

A 65-year-old man was killed in a three-vehicle collision near Newtownstewart last Friday.