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Driver arrested after motorist forced off road

THE brother of a Strabane man who was effectively driven off the road near Omagh on Sunday night has condemned the perpetrator as a “moron.”

It is understood that the collision occurred on Sunday evening at around 10.30pm on the Barony Road between Omagh and Cookstown, as Kevin McColgan was driving to work.

According to Kevin’s brother Enda, a car surged through a junction on to the road before smashing into the vehicle Kevin was driving.

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“He was on his way to work when a maniac, at speed, ploughed into his car and drove it down a high embankment where it came to rest on its roof, partially submerged in water,” Enda McColgan explained.

“My brother was left in the dark of night almost 20 feet down off the main road, disorientated and in a state of total shock, with water flowing into his car… Luckily, given his dire circumstances, he had the wisdom to use his mobile phone to contact the emergency services before the full impact of what had just occurred hit him. God only knows what might have been.”

Kevin McColgan was eventually taken to South West Acute Hospital Enniskillen when he was treated for bruising, although his injuries were not life-threatening. He was discharged on Tuesday afternoon and was said to be shaken and sore but otherwise appreciative of the many message of support.

However brother Enda also condemned the subsequent actions of the man who crashed into his brother.

“Did this individual stop to assist Kevin? Not a chance in hell. He sped away before finally crashing again a few miles away at Campsie roundabout in Omagh and was eventually apprehended by the PSNI.”

He continued, “Kevin is and always has been a quiet, hardworking man, and this will be a major setback for him. But he will pick up the pieces and bounce back – no thanks to this moron.

“Our thanks go out to the emergency services for all their help, also to the doctors and nursing staff at the South West Acute Hospital Enniskillen. Thanks for all your care.”

This week the PSNI has appealed for anyone who witnessed the collision to come forward.

A spokesperson stated, “Police attended along with the NIFRS and NIAS. One male was taken to hospital to be treated for his injuries.

“Subsequently, a 20-year-old male was arrested on suspicion of a number of driving offences including causing grievous bodily injury by dangerous driving and has been released on bail pending further enquiries. We would ask anyone in the area of the Barony Road around 10.30pm on Sunday January 6 who may have witnessed the incident or who may have dashcam footage to contact police in Omagh on 101.”

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