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Sunday 20 August 2017

Five die on roads as storms cause weekend carnage

Five men have died in a weekend of carnage on our roads as autumn rolled in with storms and rain across the country.

Two men, aged 21 and 28, were killed last night when the car they were travelling in hit a tree in Allenwood in Co Kildare.

The crash, which occurred following heavy rainfall, happened on the Derrinturn to Allenwood Road just before 8pm.

The men were pronounced dead at the scene and their bodies were taken to Naas General Hospital where post-mortem examinations were being arranged today.

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Gardai said both victims lived in the Allenwood area but were not related.

"The weather was dreadful. It descended about 6.30pm and got really dark with very heavy rain," said local Councillor Willie Crowley.

He described the conditions in the area at the time as "extremely dangerous".

The road was closed to traffic overnight as the emergency services worked at the scene, with diversions in place to allow for a technical examination.

Investigating gardai are appealing for witnesses or anyone who was travelling in the area who may have information about the incident to contact them at Leixlip Garda Station on 01 6667800.

Meanwhile, in Co Meath a 22-year-old man died and another man, aged 24, is being treated in hospital after a crash that happened at Fennor Upper in Oldcastle at 4am on Sunday.

The crash happened on the Oldcastle to Virginia Road, around 8km from Virginia.

The car they were travelling in crashed into a wall and the seriously injured men were taken by ambulance to Cavan General Hospital where the 22-year-old died from his injuries last night.

Gardai are appealing for witnesses or anyone who may have been on the road between 3.30am and 4.15am on Sunday to contact them in Kells on 046 9280820, the Garda Confidential Line or any garda station.

Elsewhere, two men died in separate road accidents on Friday and Saturday.

Robbie Steele (19) was killed when the car he was driving collided with another car on the Refinery Road, Whitegate, Co Cork, shortly after 6.30pm on Friday.

The driver of the other car suffered non-life-threatening injuries.

And in Dublin a male pedestrian was killed in the early hours of Saturday after he was struck by a car near his home on James Street in the city centre shortly after 2.30am.

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Gerard Gavin (62) was pronounced dead at the scene and was taken to the mortuary at St James's Hospital.

The driver of the car was hospitalised with minor injuries.

There have been 146 road deaths this year to date, down one on last year.

But on the same weekend last year there were just two deaths on the roads.

Pedestrians now account for the greatest proportion of vulnerable road-user deaths, with 23 being killed between January and July.

In 18 of the 19 cases where information was available, the pedestrian was familiar with the local area.

cfeehan@herald.ie

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