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Calls for safety of Co Tyrone road should be investigated following death of woman

The Ballynakilly Road, Coalisland Co Tyrone where a woman died following a crash on Tuesday night. Picture by Mal McCann

THE safety of a busy Co Tyrone road should be investigated following the death of a woman in a two-car collision, a councillor said last night.

The UUP's Robert Colvin spoke of his concerns about the route in Coalisland after the fatal crash on Tuesday.

A woman, believed to be aged in her forties, died following a two-vehicle collision on Ballynakilly Road shortly after 9pm.

The victim, who was driving a Renault Modus, was treated at the scene but died. The driver of a Volkswagen Golf was uninjured.

Mr Colvin said he had written to Roads Service yesterday to ask for an investigation to be carried out on the road in a bid to "avoid further loss of life".

"It is a fast section of road," he said.

"Traffic is snarled up in Cookstown, Dungannon and Moneymore, so what is happening is that many motorists are using this route to avoid the A29.

"It's become the unofficial bypass now for motorists trying to avoid Cookstown and Dungannon and I feel it's a section of road that needs to be looked at.

"I've already communicated with Roads Service about the road to ask about it, that junction where the traffic does travel by very fast needs to be looked at.

"This lady had tragically lost her life and my sympathies are with her family at this sad time. We need to avoid this happening again to avoid further loss of life."

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