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Sunday 13 October 2019

Elderly man dies, grandson badly hurt in car crash

Gardai have urged drivers to slow down after an increase in the number of road deaths in the first six months of 2019. Stock picture
Gardai have urged drivers to slow down after an increase in the number of road deaths in the first six months of 2019. Stock picture

A man in his seventies has died and his 15-year-old grandson was seriously injured in a road crash in Dundalk, Co Louth.

The man was killed after his car was involved in an accident with a van on the R178 Carrickmacross Road at 3pm yesterday.

The boy was taken by ambulance to our Lady of Lourdes Hospital in Drogheda, with his injuries not thought to be life threatening.

It is believed they were both occupants of the car and were visiting from the UK.

"Shortly after 3pm, gardai, ambulance services and local fire services attended at the scene of a serious collision involving a car and a van on the R178 Carrickmacross Road," a garda spokesperson said.

Witnesses

The driver of the car - a man in his 70s - was pronounced dead at the scene a short time later. His grandson was taken by ambulance to hospital.

"Gardai are appealing for witnesses to come forward and are also appealing to those with dash-cam footage to make it available to investigators."

The driver of the van, a man in his 40s, was taken by air ambulance to Tallaght Hospital with serious injuries.

Gardai in Ardee are investigating and local diversions were in place.

Dundalk Councillor Maria Doyle (FG) told the Herald the town is in a state of shock after the tragedy.

"It's an extremely sad thing to have happened in the middle of summer," she said.

"My heart really goes out to this young boy. When I found out that a 15-year-old was injured, I immediately thought of my own children who are around the same age.

"I'm not aware of who the victim is, but my thoughts and prayers go out to his family nonetheless.

"We have seen a lot of deaths on our roads this year alone, which is something we obviously want to reduce," she said.

Local Fine Gael Councillor John McGahon also offered his condolences to the elderly man's family.

"This is another life lost on our roads, which is so tragic for the poor man's family," he said.

"It's so important that we all stay vigilant while out on the road at all times."

The Road Safety Authority said last week that the 7pc increase in road deaths in the first six months of the year is alarming.

Eighty-nine people were killed on Irish roads in the first six months of this year.

RSA Chief Executive Moyagh Murdock said the figures were alarming and urged motorists to slow down.

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