A young woman was arrested close to the scene of a serious two-vehicle collision in Loughgall on Sunday morning.
The 18-year-old was suspected of being the driver of one of the cars having fled from a crash on the Ballygasey Road around 12.30am.
Upon arrival at the scene officers saw two cars with considerable damage with the female driver of one of the cars, a Vauxhall Corsa, trapped in her car.
The second car involved, a Vauxhall Zafira, had its driver’s door open and airbags deployed but no driver at the scene.
A short search of the nearby area was conducted and an 18-year-old woman was located with injuries to her leg.
She was arrested on suspicion of a number of offences including dangerous driving causing grievous bodily injury, failing to provide a specimen of breath and excess alcohol.
The woman was taken for treatment and subsequently bailed and will be interviewed in due course.
The driver of the Corsa, a woman in her late teens, sustained a number of fractures to her arms and legs and remains in hospital at this time.
DUP Assemblyman William Irwin said the family of the young girl were left badly shaken at the news on Sunday morning.
Speaking to Armagh I, the Newry and Armagh representative said: “The wider family were quite distressed at this news. The wee girl is only 18 and has suffered some severe injuries and is currently in the Royal in Belfast at the minute.
“The car that hit her, the driver got out and fled the scene leaving the young girl trapped and in severe pain. She was forced to ring the emergency services herself to come and help – and she couldn’t even move.”
He added: “It’s very low for someone to leave the scene. The full rigour of the law needs to come down on someone who leaves the scene of an accident – it’s desperate. A very low thing to do.”
A NIFRS spokesperson told Armagh I that crews from Dungannon and Armagh attended the scene
“Firefighters used cutting gear to remove one casualty from their vehicle, who was then taken into the care of Northern Ireland Ambulance Service. The incident was dealt with by 1.32am,” the spokesperson said.
Anyone who witnessed the collision or who has any information about this incident which could assist with the police investigation, is asked to call officers in Lurgan on the non-emergency number 101 quoting reference number 44 15/11/20, or submit a report online using our non-emergency reporting form via http://www.psni.police.uk/makeareport/.
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