Five men returning from work collided with a horse on Tuesday, September 17, on the A5 Doogary Road. One man died soon after the accident, still at the scene. Another man was rushed to the hospital where he remains in serious but stable condition. Three men received treatment for injuries, none of which was life threatening.
Ironically, an accident involving a vehicle and a horse happened some 20 years ago in nearly the same location. Lois Marshall struck a horse wandering on the road and suffered serious brain damage in that accident. Marshall later died of her injuries.
There are numerous fields containing horses along the road, but at this writing, the owner of the horse struck in Tuesday’s accident has not yet been identified nor is it known whether one of these pastured horses was even involved.
UUP councilor Allan Rainey intends to bring up the issue of abandoned horses at the next meeting of the Omagh council.
Rainey has announced,
We will most certainly be taking this issue up to see if the horses can be identified and something can be done to stop this awful tragedy happening for a third time.
It is the general consensus that horses have become a “danger” on that road. Horse owners are advised to make certain their horses are fenced securely and cannot get out.
A spokeswoman for the Omagh council has confirmed that no complaints about “abandoned” horses on the Doogary Road have ever been made.
Identity of the horse’s owner is being established.
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