Tuesday 12 December 2017

Four men die and teenage girl critical in road crashes

Two men die and teenage girl critical in road crashes
Two men die and teenage girl critical in road crashes

Four men have died after separate road traffic accidents over the weekend.

A 19-year-old man died at the scene of a crash on the N84 at Carrowmore, near Ballinrobe, Co Mayo at around 10.30pm yesterday.

The car he was driving struck a wall. The body of the deceased was removed to Mayo General Hospital for a post-mortem examination. A passenger in the car, a man in his late teens, was taken by ambulance to Mayo General Hospital. His injuries are not thought to be life threatening.

Gardaí are appealing for witnesses. The road is closed to traffic and diversions are in place.

Meanwhile, a 70-year-old man died when the SUV he was driving was involved in a collision with a jeep. He was pronounced dead at the scene and his body was removed to Sligo General Hospital. 

Gardai are investigating the two-vehicle collision that occurred on the N15 at Drumcroil, Ballintra at approximately 10.30pm yesterday.

The three other passengers in the SUV, one male and two female, were taken to Sligo General Hospital with injuries described as serious but not life threatening.

The driver and passenger of the second vehicle, a jeep, were also taken to Sligo General Hospital with injuries described as minor.

This stretch of road is currently closed to facilitate an examination by Garda Forensic Collision Investigators and local diversions are in place.

Gardai are appealing for witnesses to  contact Donegal Garda Station on 074 9740190, The Garda Confidential Telephone Line 1800 666 111 or any Garda Station.

Another fatal incident in Donegal left a teenage girl fighting for her life in hospital, after her friend was killed in a crash.

Martin Strain (19) was a passenger in the car which skidded off the road at Tooban, Burnfoot, not far from his home.

The tragic accident occurred at 4:30am Sunday morning.

Mr Strain was pronounced dead at the scene, while the girl was rushed to Letterkenny hospital. Last night her condition was described as “critical”.

The driver lost his brother in a car crash ten years ago.

The scene of the incident is not far from where a 21-year-old man died in a car crash on July 12 this year.

“The community is devastated once again by another death on our roads,” said Cllr Jack Murray, who lives locally.

“It is a terrible, terrible tragedy for this young man and his family – and for the entire community.”

Garda forensic experts spent yesterday examining the scene of the crash. Investigating gardai appealed for anyone who was in the area around 4.30am yesterday to contact them at Buncrana Garda Station.


Gardaí in Cork, meanwhile, are appealing for witnesses to a separate fatal road crash there on Saturday afternoon.

A 41-year-old motorcyclist died when his bike collided with a car at Ballinrush near Kilworth around 4pm. He was pronounced dead at the scene and his remains were taken to Cork University Hospital.

It is understood that the man lived in Rushmount, not far from where the accident occurred. He was a well-known and respected mechanic in the area.

Local councillor Frank O’Flynn said that the man was “very much a part of the local community. The whole place is devastated,” he said.

“My heart and prayers go out to the members of his family on this very sad occasion.”

Gardai in Fermoy appealed for eyewitnesses to contact them on 025 82100.

August has been one of the worst on record for road deaths – with a further four people losing their lives in separate accidents in the last two weeks alone. Some 196 people died on Irish roads last year.

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