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Man hospitalised following collision in Killyclogher

 

An Omagh man remains in a stable condition at the Royal Victoria Hospital in Belfast following a serious road traffic collision in Killyclogher on Sunday night.

Jim Dunne sustained serious injuries which are described as ‘non-life threatening’ when he was involved in the collision while crossing the Old Mountfield Road at around 6.30pm.

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The road was closed for four hours while the PSNI investigated the scene. Mr Dunne, who is aged in his 60s, is well known locally as a freelance photographer. He is also a former GAA player who went on to become a respected soccer referee.

Following the collision, he was initially taken to Altnagelvin Hospital in Derry. He was later transferred to the Royal in Belfast where he is understood to have undergone surgery earlier this week. The incident has prompted renewed calls for urgent action to address the concerns of local people about the crossing at the junction of the Old Mountfield Road in the centre of the village.

Jim Dunne.

Speaking to the Ulster Herald this week, John Hutchinson from Killyclogher and District Development Association said getting across the busy road is “a nightmare.”

“People are crossing this road to go to school or the church on a daily basis and it’s a real nightmare because of the amount of traffic coming through the village,” he said.

“They are understandably very wary about crossing and something needs to be done urgently to help prevent any more collisions taking place in the future.

“What we need is for officials from the Department for Infrastructure to come out and look at the situation on the ground and see for themselves that there is a need for a pedestrian crossing, ramps or some other safety measure.”

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PSNI Sergeant Johnny Hamill said police would particularly like to hear from anyone who may have caught the incident on their dash cam.

“We are appealing for witnesses to the collision or anyone who recalls seeing a black Volkswagen Bora in the area to get in touch as soon as possible to assist the investigation,” he added.

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