Three people killed on St Stephen's Day in a tragic road traffic accident in Co Tyrone have been named.
Patrick Rogers (20s) and Jennifer Acheson (80s) were the drivers of two vehicles that collided on the Cookstown to Dungannon Road on Monday.
Mr Rogers' mother-in-law, Mary Duffy, was also killed in the crash.
We can confirm that two of the three people who died in a Cookstown collision were Patrick Rogers (26) and his mother-in-law Mary Duffy (52). A third person, a woman aged 80 also died. Mr Rogers’ wife and their four children were injured.
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Mr Rogers' wife and four children were also injured in the crash. They were taken to hospital following the smash in Dungannon Road, close to Cookstown, on Monday afternoon.
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.
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“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.
“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.
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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.”
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.”