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Twin brothers from Kilkeel suffered brain injuries in single-vehicle collision

The brothers are being treated at Belfast's Royal Victoria Hospital

TWIN brothers were last night seriously ill in hospital with brain injuries, after a car they were in with three friends crashed into a wall in the early hours of Sunday.

The red Seat Leon was travelling along Newry Road, out of Kilkeel, Co Down and towards the city at around 2.50am, when it is understood to have ended up on top of a stone wall at Mourne Park after collided with it.

The three men and two women in the car - all in their late teens and early twenties - suffered broken bones among other injuries.

All three of the emergency services attended the scene, with three fire appliances involved in the rescue operation.

One fire crew was dispatched from Newcastle Fire Station and two from the nearby Kilkeel station.

A spokeswoman said "three (casualties) were trapped in the vehicle and were rescued by Firefighters using cutting equipment" in a three-hour operation.

"The casualties were taken to the Royal Victoria Hospital and Daisy Hill Hospital by Ambulance."

The brothers are being treated at Belfast's Royal Victoria Hospital, and one of the brothers is understood to be in the intensive care unit after undergoing an operation yesterday.

DUP councillor Glyn Hanna said the accident was close to where Ballyardle Road meets Newry Road.

"The whole community is thinking of those young people and their families sitting by their bedsides at this time," he said.

"They are all injured, some very seriously. I have them in my thoughts and prays. May our lord bless them and give them strength to make a full recovery."

PSNI Inspector Denise Graham appealed "to anyone who was on the Newry Road around this time and saw what happened to contact police on the non-emergency number 101, quoting reference number 248 of 12/08/18".

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