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Police name two victims of tragic Boxing Day collision in Cookstown

Pictured are two of the three victims of the tragic collision in Cookstown, Mary Duffy and Patrick Rogers. Photos supplied by families of the deceased.

The Police Service of Northern Ireland can confirm that two of the three people who died in a road traffic collision outside Cookstown were Patrick Rogers from Cookstown and Mary Duffy from Dungannon.

Mr Rogers, the 26-year-old driver, and his mother-in-law Mrs Duffy (52) were travelling in a red Nissan X-Trail which was in collision with another vehicle in the Dungannon Road area on Monday, 26th December shortly before 3.30pm.

A third person, a woman aged 80 also died in the collision. She was the driver of a silver Volkswagen Golf.

Mr Rogers’ wife and their four children, who were passengers in the Nissan X-Trail, were injured in the collision and remain in hospital today, their injuries are not believed to be life-threatening.

Commenting, Superintendent Stephen Murray, District Commander for Mid Ulster, said:

“Our thoughts are very much with the families of the people who lost their lives on our roads. Any loss of life is a cause of great sadness and it feels particularly tragic at Christmas.

“I’d also like to commend members of the public who provided assistance at the scene of this collision and our officers and other emergency services for their caring and professional approach in these very tragic circumstances.

“An investigation led by specialist investigators from the Collision Investigation Unit has commenced and I am appealing to anyone who was in the area at the time who may have witnessed the collision or who has dash-cam footage or any other information to contact police on 101 quoting reference number 957 of 26/12/22."

Information can also be submitted online using the non-emergency reporting form via


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