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Wednesday 11 December 2019

Locals in mourning after tragic driver's fireball crash death

Gorey Garda Station
Gorey Garda Station

A motorist killed in a fireball crash between a car and a truck has been identified as a man in his 30s.

He was named yesterday by locals in the Gorey, Co Wexford, area as Philip O'Connor.

Mr O'Connor died when his car collided with a truck on the M11 in Clogh, Gorey, on Saturday.

The car caught fire as a result of the collision, and he did not survive.

The male occupant of the truck was uninjured in the collision.

Custody

It is understood that Mr O'Connor had been working for a multinational company in Co Kildare, but was originally from the local area.

A man in his 50s, who was arrested in connection with the crash on Saturday and was held in custody at Gorey Garda Station has now been released without charge, officers said yesterday.

A file will be prepared for the Director of Public Prosecutions and investigations are still ongoing.

The local community has been left reeling after the tragic death.

Local Fianna Fail councillor Willie Kavanagh said that Mr O'Connor was a constituent in his area and that the incident has shocked people locally.

"It's a big shock for the community," he told the Herald.

"It's a small parish and a close-knit community and everyone is devastated."

Fine Gael councillor Anthony Donohoe also spoke of his shock at the incident.

"It's a tragic event for the family involved, a tragic incident," he said.

"I send my deepest sympathies to the family of the young man."

There have been 76 fatalities on Irish roads so far this year.

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