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Call for immediate action at notorious junction

 Emergency services attend the crash at the junction of the Orchard Road, Bellspark Road and Prospect Road.


Emergency services attend the crash at the junction of the Orchard Road, Bellspark Road and Prospect Road.

A SINN Féin councillor has called for immediate action to be taken following another crash at what has become one of Strabane’s worst accident blackspots.

In recent days a car and a small lorry collided at the junction of the Orchard Road, Bellspark Road and Prospect Road.

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A man in his 30s was arrested on suspicion of dangerous driving and has since been released on bail pending further enquiries.

A second male was injured however police have confirmed that the injuries sustained were not life threatening.
The crash was the latest in a string of incidents at the now notorious junction.

Recently Stormont’s Department for Infrastructure published plans to vest land in the area so that sight lines could be improved.

But following a similar crash a number of weeks ago, Transport NI agreed to revisit their plans.

It is understood blueprints to introduce so-called ‘Rumble Bars’ to slow motorists down as well as enhanced signage have now been drawn up.

But speaking following the latest crash, Sinn Féin Councillor Maolíosa McHugh, who has been lobbying for over a year for better safety measures in the area, said action needed to be taken straight away.

“I am absolutely livid about that junction and about the amount of accidents which are occurring there on a regular basis,” Cllr McHugh said.

“The people who live in the area are in fear of their lives every time they approach that junction. It has become a real accident blackspot and Roads Service needs to immediately address the problems there.

“They have intimated that there are measures which they can introduce fairly quickly and at no great expense. They need to get started on that because it is only a matter of time before we are talking about fatalities here.

“I will be contacting them straightaway and highlighting what has happened today and I intend to keep at them until they are sick and tired of listening to me.

“I will be on to them every single time there is an accident at that junction and I suspect that is likely to be very often,” the Sinn Féin representative added.

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