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Wednesday 7 December 2016

Elderly pedestrian killed after being hit by articulated truck

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The accident on the Old Airport Rd, Swords (Photo: Doug O'Connor)
The accident on the Old Airport Rd, Swords (Photo: Doug O'Connor)

A pedestrian in his 80s was fatally injured in a horrific collision with an articulated truck on the Swords Road in Dublin at around lunchtime yesterday.

The road at the scene was closed in the aftermath of the crash to facilitate a forensic investigation.

Dublin Fire Brigade received a call about the incident shortly before 1pm, and the emergency services were quickly on the scene.

The pensioner was removed and taken to James Connolly Memorial Hospital in Blanchardstown.

Gardai cordoned off the scene in the aftermath of the incident and maintained a presence there for some hours afterwards.

Swords Fianna Fail councillor Darragh Butler offered his condolences to the family of the dead man.

"I would offer my sympathies to them on their sad loss," he told the Herald.

He added that it appeared that road deaths were happening on nearly a weekly basis.

The collision happened close to Dublin Airport and there was heavy traffic in the area for some hours afterwards.

The death brings to 10 the number of road traffic fatalities so far this month.

This year, 57 people have lost their lives on Irish roads compared with 70 in the same period last year.

The figures include 12 pedestrians, 25 drivers, 11 passengers, seven motorcyclists and two cyclists.

breakdown

Earlier this month, the Road Safety Authority launched a public consultation to seek views on the requirement for a breakdown emergency pack to be carried in all vehicles.

They would include a first-aid kit, a high-visibility vest, a breakdown triangle and a torch to be carried in all vehicles.

The background details on the consultation can be found on rsa.ie.

The closing date for submissions is June 12.

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