Hero cuts children from crashed car

Emergency services attempt to free an occupant of a car which crashed on Garvaghy Road on Friday afternoon. INPT30-200.
Emergency services attempt to free an occupant of a car which crashed on Garvaghy Road on Friday afternoon. INPT30-200.

A Portadown man has been hailed a “hero” after cutting two children free from a car which crashed and overturned on the Garvaghy Road.

Darragh McKee was 
driving his work van behind the car when the one-vehicle collision happened just before 4.30 on Friday before last.

The 24-year-old immediately went to the aid of the children who were in car seats in the back of the vehicle.

Using his work scalpel, he managed to cut the seat belts, while a passing nurse also went to help. Local people have praised his quick-thinking response.

A spokesperson for the NI Fire and Rescue Service said they received a call around 4.27.

Two appliances from Portadown and one from Lurgan attended the incident and fire crews used hydraulic cutting 
equipment to remove a woman who was trapped in the car.

She was taken to hospital by ambulance.

The Northern Ireland Ambulance Service said it was called out at 4.21 
following reports of an overturned car on the Garvaghy Road.

A spokesperson said, “One rapid response vehicle, one officer and one A&E ambulance were sent to 
the scene.

“One adult and two children were involved. Following initial assessment at the scene, one of the patients was transferred to Craigavon Area Hospital.”

It is understood the family escaped unhurt but shaken, with the woman released from hospital the same day.