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Tuesday 22 January 2019

Backpacker (28) is killed in Outback car crash

AN IRISH backpacker was killed when a minivan with eight people on board crashed in Australia.

The 28-year-old woman is understood to be from Bishopstown, Co Cork.

The crash happened on Saturday as a Nissan minivan was travelling along Kenley Road in the state of Victoria at around 5pm local time.

"The driver of the van pulled over to the left hand side of the road so an east-bound truck could pass," said a spokesman for Victoria Police.

"Investigators believe that the van hit some gravel and the driver lost control of the vehicle."

The Irish tourist and a 25-year-old woman were thrown from the van when it rolled over.

The Irish woman died at the scene and the 25-year-old was transported to the Swan Hill Hospital with serious injuries.

Five other passengers, all men, were treated by ambulance officers at scene.

Police said they had spoken to both drivers and a report would be prepared for the coroner.

A Victoria Police spokesman told the Herald they would not be releasing the name of the dead woman.

The Department of Foreign Affairs confirmed that the Irish woman had died in the crash. The department is providing consular assistance to her family.

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