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Malachi Cush tells of how he spent 'longer than expected' recovering in hospital after being struck by runaway car

Malachi Cush and another man were struck by a runaway car

POPULAR Co Tyrone singer Malachi Cush has told of how he spent "longer than expected" recovering in hospital after being struck by a car.

In a message posted on his social media accounts, the 38-year-old from Donaghmore said his "focus now turns to the journey of rehabilitation and getting back to my old self".

Mr Cush and another man, Andrew Trotter, were injured after they were hit by a runaway car in Dungannon earlier this month.

The two men had been standing at Mr Cush's car after the singer had bought gardening equipment in SA Trotter's family hardware store on Scotch Street when the collision happened on June 3.

It is understood that the car careered down the street, mounted the pavement and hit them.

Mr Trotter suffered head and shoulder injuries and had to undergo an operation to mend his elbow, while Mr Cush sustained injuries to his lower legs and head and also underwent surgery.

In a statement after his discharge from hospital, the singer/songwriter thanked people for their support.

"I just wanted to let you know I've come through my recent surgery successfully thanks in no small measure to the fantastic care in the Royal Victoria Hospital and Musgrave Park Hospital," he said.

"Although my stay was longer than intended, the wonderful cards, messages and prayers I've received made it easier to get through.

"I want to thank everyone who said a prayer, sent a message or a card, had Mass offerings, called or in anyway showed support to Claire, myself and our families during the past weeks. I can't find words to express how humbled and comforted we have been.

"I am in contact regularly with Andrew and am glad he's also on the way to recovery.

"My focus now turns to the journey of rehabilitation and getting back to my old self. Thanks again."

Police investigating the circumstances of the incident said their inquiries were still continuing.

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