Over 170 road accidents causing injury or death in Magherafelt area in 2013


Roads in the south Derry area are among the most dangerous in Northern Ireland, latest figures have indicated.

The number of people killed in road accidents here increased over the last 12 months, with five in 2013 compared with three in 2012.

Further, the number of collisions causing serious injury rose from 11 in 2012 to 17 last


In total there were 172 traffic collisions resulting in injury or death in the Magherafelt district, up from 161 in the previous year.

These figures stand in contrast to neighbouring Cookstown, where there no fatalities recorded in 2013 and a few number of people seriously injured.

Environment Minister Mark H Durkan said reducing the number of deaths and serious injuries on our roads was vital.

He was speaking after it emerged that the death toll on Northern Ireland’s roads had risen over the

last year.

“It only takes one bad choice to ruin a life.

“We all share the road, so we all share the responsibility to prevent these collisions,” he said.