A horrific two-vehicle collision in Co Tyrone, Northern Ireland, today killed three adults and seriously injured a woman and four children.
The head-on collision occurred just before 3.30pm on a stretch of road between Cookstown and Dungannon.
Two of the dead were in one of the cars with four children.
The third deceased adult was in the second vehicle.
The Northern Ireland Ambulance Service said it had dispatched two rapid response teams and several emergency crews after receiving a 999 call at 3.29pm following reports of a two-vehicle collision.
A large section of Dungannon Road is currently closed as forensic accident investigators examine the scene.
Four victims, believed to be children, were taken to the Royal Belfast Hospital for Sick Children, while a woman was also taken to the Royal Victoria Hospital. She is said to have suffered life-threatening injuries
Forensic accident investigators are trying to determine the cause of the collision, but roads in the area were very slippery there today as temperatures dropped, according to RTÉ News.
Sinn Féin Stormont Chairperson Michelle O’Neill sent her deepest condolences to the families of those killed in her Mid Ulster constituency.
“It is deeply tragic news to learn that three adults were killed and a woman and four children injured in this horrific road accident in Co Tyrone,” she said.
“I offer my heartfelt condolences to the families of those who were tragically killed and wish those injured all the best for a full and speedy recovery.”
SDLP MLA Patsy McGlone expressed shock after the fatal clash.
“The community is devastated tonight after news of a fatal crash on Dungannon Road,” he said.
“This is the worst news any family could receive, but especially at this time of year.
“My thoughts and prayers are with everyone affected at this incredibly difficult time.”
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