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Safety review after A5 home hit again

A REVIEW is to take place to improve road safety on a stretch of the A5, after repeated incidents of cars crashing into a local man’s home.

Seamus Montague stated in Monday’s Tyrone Herald how he has lost count of how many times his Glencull house has been damaged over the past few decades by cars sliding or careering off the road.

Mr Montague’s home sits a few metres to the side of the 60mph road, on a corner on Ballymacilroy Hill, a couple of miles on the Omagh side of Ballygawley.

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The latest crash at the property took place at 4am a couple of weeks ago. It destroyed the same out-house wall which had only been rebuilt a few days previously after the last time it was knocked down by a vehicle leaving the road, also destroying Mr Montague’s parked jeep.

However, one of the more frightening incidents occurred two years ago when a car crashed right into the front wall of his home.

In response to an application from this newspaper, the Department for Infrastructure told the Ulster Herald it was investigating what safety measures could be introduced.

A spokesperson said, “In relation to the collision history at a dwelling on the A5 carriageway at Ballymacilroy resulting in damage to property, the Department is currently reviewing reports from the PSNI to help inform a full assessment of the site to determine if there are measures that can be implemented to improve road safety at this location.”

While some of the incidents have occurred in treacherous icy or slippery weather conditions, many of the crashes have occurred on dry, mild days.

Ultimately, Mr Montague believes that the common denominator for these incidents is speed and says warning signs for motorists to slow down may help prevent further collisions.

 

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