Northern Ireland

Three men critically injured in stolen car crash

The remanins of the crashed Subaru car can be seen behind a hedge
Image caption The remains of the crashed Subaru car can be seen behind a hedge

Three men have been critically injured in an accident involving a stolen car in County Antrim.

The crash happened on the Leathemstown Road near Dundrod at about 0620 BST on Monday.

Six men were in the car which was the only vehicle involved. Four of them were thrown from the car.

Two of the men who were not seriously injured were arrested in connection with taking and driving the car. One of them has since been released.

All six men, who are aged in their 20s, were taken to the Royal Victoria Hospital in Belfast. Three of them are said to be critically ill, while another is in a stable condition.

Police said initial enquiries suggest that the car was stolen from outside a house at Maralin Avenue in Knockmore, Lisburn, overnight.

"The car went into a field and the occupants were ejected from the car," John McPolan from the ambulance service said.

"Two people had to be resuscitated at scene, three of them were taken to hospital with critical injuries."

Mr McPolan said those at the scene described it as horrific.

"It is a fast road and there are a lot of bends and difficulties," he added.

The Leathemstown Road was closed at the Cochranstown Road junction following the crash, but has since reopened.