Three killed and five injured in horrendous Boxing Day car crash - 'Worst thing possible'

The PSNI have named two of the three people who died as Patrick Rogers, 26, and mother-in-law Mary Duffy, 52

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Four people have died and five others were injured in two separate road crashes in Co Tyrone.

One woman, in her 40s, died after a one-vehicle crash on the M1 near Dungannon on Monday afternoon.

Patrick Rogers, 26, died in a crash in Co Tyrone
Patrick Rogers, 26, died in a crash in Co Tyrone

Police Service of Northern IreIand (PSNI) Sergeant Broderick from the Roads Policing Unit said police received a report just before 1.30pm that a blue Mercedes car had left the eastbound carriageway of the motorway, near the Stangmore junction.

“Emergency services attended but the woman sadly died later in hospital as a result of her injuries,” he said.

Police said the drivers of the two vehicles involved in the crash, a woman in her 80s and a man in his 20s, and a woman in her 50s who was a passenger in one of the vehicles, died in the incident.

The PSNI confirmed two of the three people who died were Patrick Rogers, 26, and mother-in-law Mary Duffy, 52, from Dungannon.

Mr Rogers' wife and their four children remain in hospital following the smash in Dungannon Road, close to Cookstown, on Monday afternoon. Their injuries are not believed to be life-threatening.

Chief Superintendent Gerard Pollock said officers, along with colleagues from the Northern Ireland Ambulance Service and Northern Ireland Fire & Rescue Service, attended the scene around 3.30pm.

“An investigation led by specialist investigators from the Collision Investigation Unit has been commenced and I am appealing to anyone who was in the area at the time who may have witnessed the collision or who has dashcam footage or any other information to contact police on 101 quoting reference number 957 of 26/12/22,” he said.

The Northern Ireland Ambulance Service (NIAS) said it sent two rapid response paramedics, four emergency crews and one non-emergency crew.

The air ambulance team was also called out.

Mary Duffy, 52, died in a crash in Co Tyrone
Mary Duffy, 52, died in a crash in Co Tyrone

“Following assessment and initial treatment at the scene, four patients were taken to Royal Belfast Hospital for Sick Children and another patient was taken by ambulance to the Royal Victoria Hospital,” a NIAS spokesman said.

Sinn Fein’s Stormont leader Michelle O’Neill expressed her deepest sympathies to the families of those killed in her Mid Ulster constituency.

“It is deeply tragic news to learn that three adults have been killed and a woman and four children injured as a result of this terrible road traffic collision in Co Tyrone,” she said.

“I offer my heartfelt sympathies to the families of those tragically killed and every best wish to those injured for a full and speedy recovery.”

The Royal Victoria Hospital in Belfast
The Royal Victoria Hospital in Belfast

SDLP Mid Ulster MLA Patsy McGlone said: “The community is devastated this evening following news of a fatal collision on the Dungannon Road.

“This is the worst possible news any family could receive but particularly at this time of year.

“My thoughts and prayers are with all those affected at this incredibly difficult time.”