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Two men remain critical after film set car crash

The scene at Apollo Road in south Belfast where a car crashed into a film crew. Picture by Cliff Donaldson
Marie Louise McConville

TWO men last night remained in a critical condition in hospital after they were struck by a car which crashed into a TV crew filming a crime series in south Belfast.

A total of six people, four men and two women, aged in their late teens and early twenties, were injured when the car ploughed into the group as they filmed a crime reconstruction scene at the junction of Falcon Road and Apollo Road, off the Boucher Road.

A man and a women were discharged on Tuesday after spending the night in hospital while two others last night remained in a stable condition.

It is understood one of the men left in a critical condition was in surgery for a number of hours, after sustaining facial fractures and a broken leg.

The shoot on Monday night was for upcoming RTÉ 2 series `Young, Dumb and Dangerous', a three-part series about recent cases of murder, gun crime and aggravated burglary, which will also feature interviews and reconstructions.

It is believed the filming was being carried out by Stirling Film and Television Productions, based at University Street.

A man in his twenties who was arrested at the scene was released on bail yesterday morning.

In a statement RTÉ said: "RTÉ is aware of the incident where members of an independent production company filming in Belfast city last night were injured by a car. The programme they were working on at the time is an independently produced series commissioned by RTÉ television.

"The PSNI are currently investigating the incident. RTÉ cannot comment further at this time. Our thoughts are with those involved and their families".

Following the incident, a major incident was declared, which involved seven ambulances attending the scene.

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