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Vigil held for the three family members killed in Co Tyrone crash after they get publicly named

The three people who died in a road accident near Each na Cloiche in Co. Tyrone were members of the same family, reports RTE.

The incident happened at around 7.20am on the A5 at Tullybar just outside the village of Achad na Cloiche.

They were known locally as brother and sister Dan and Christine McKane, both from Strathban, and their aunt Julia McSorley from nearby Newtownstewart.

Four others were taken to hospital in their van for treatment.

This includes two sisters and one brother from Dan and Christine McKane. Two of the four have been released and two remain in hospital with injuries described as serious, reports RTE.

Police in Northern Ireland continue to appeal for information.

PSNI officers have carried out forensic examinations of the road and the vehicles involved in the crash, which appear to be a truck and a minivan.

It is understood the family members were traveling home from attending a relative’s funeral in England.

Tonight there is a religious vigil in Strathban and a special mass is being held in Achad na Cloiche.

Father Declan Boland from Strathban said the incident had brought shock and loss to the area.

Speaking on RTÉ’s Nuacht at One, he said the feeling in the community was one of “devastation” and “disbelief”.

“I would know the family very well, they were reared and brought up in this parish, very close knit, very loving, very kind, very much part of the community, and very willing to take part in any parish activities we ever had – a beautiful family and very kind and caring,” he said, reports RTE.

The PSNI also appealed to the public not to share inappropriate images from the scene.

In a statement, they said they were aware that “inappropriate photographs taken of the scene of the fatal collision” were being shared on social media and other platforms, reports RTE.

Supt Mervyn Seffen, Mid Ulster District Commander said: “Three people have sadly lost their lives in this tragic collision and our thoughts are with their family and friends today. Do not add to their distress by viewing or sharing these images,” he said, reports RTE.

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