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Firefighters free injured from vehicles after collision at notorious Ardress Crossroads blackspot

MLA leads fresh calls for improvements before tragedy occurs

Occupants of two cars had a lucky escape after a collision at the notorious Ardress Crossroads on Monday.

But a local MLA has warned that it is only a matter of time before there is a fatality unless further action is taken.

One of the drivers of two cars which collided walked away from the wreckage.

The occupants of a second vehicle, it is understood, had to be cut free by firefighters using specialist equipment.

Both were taken to hospital, with what are believed to be non life-threatening injuries.

The collision happened late this afternoon.

DUP MLA William Irwin visited the scene and spoke to a family member of those injured.

And he warned for further improvements before a tragedy occurs.

Mr Irwin said: “I was able to speak with a family member of the two local individuals who were taken to hospital and I wish them a speedy recovery.

“It certainly is a concerning sight and further highlights just how dangerous this junction continues to be.

“I have continually pushed for improvements at this accident black spot and a number of improvements have been installed.

“I have again spoken to Transport NI senior officials following this incident and they have agreed to look again at additional safety measures.

“It is imperative that every effort is made to try and understand the reasons why this crossroads continues to have such a regular accident occurrence rate.

“Locals living in the vicinity are so fearful of a very serious accident or worse still a fatality such is the risk at this spot. My real fear is that there will be a fatality at this location and that certainly isn’t something that any family should have to experience.

“I will be continuing to lobby for further improvements and I will continue to maintain contact with Transport NI locally on this concerning issue.”

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