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Thursday 21 November 2019

Driver flees after Irishman killed in Australian crash

The scene of the incident
The scene of the incident

Police in Australia are trying to track down a driver who fled the scene of a fatal collision in which an Irishman died.

The 36-year-old, who was working as a tradesman, lost his life following the road tragedy in a suburb near Sydney.

Up to 11 vehicles were involved in the crash, during which a truck carrying kegs of beer was in collision with a car.

"We are aware of the case and providing consular assistance," a spokesman for the Department of Foreign Affairs said.

Five people were taken to hospital for treatment following the crash and all drivers underwent mandatory drug and alcohol testing.

The incident happened at around 5.50am yesterday, local time, at the Church Street off-ramp at Mays Hill, near Parramatta, around 20km west of central Sydney.

Officers in New South Wales believe a driver fled the scene of the accident.

Horrific

Crash investigation unit commander Inspector Katie Orr said police wanted to speak with the driver of the 11th vehicle.

"We want to speak with this driver to find what they know about the events leading up to the crash," said Insp Orr. "We also want to speak with any drivers who may have witnessed the crash."

Chief Inspector Adam Phillips from New South Wales Police described the scene of the crash as "fairly horrific".

He said investigators were interviewing all the drivers involved to determine exactly what happened.

Ambulance Service Inspector Andrew Wood said on Sydney radio station 2GB that four teams of paramedics had been deployed.

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