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Monday 15 October 2018

Man killed in tractor crash is named as teen daughter fights for life

Scene of the crash near Buttevant in which Patrick McMahon died. His daughter and her boyfriend are in hospital
Scene of the crash near Buttevant in which Patrick McMahon died. His daughter and her boyfriend are in hospital

The man killed in a horrific road accident over the bank holiday weekend as he was heading to the beach with his family has been named as Patrick McMahon, of Churchtown, Co Cork.

Mr McMahon's partner was driving behind his van at the time of the horror crash.

His 15-year-old daughter Vanessa is fighting for her life in hospital and her boyfriend, Thomas Crowley (17), remains in a serious condition following the head-on collision with a tractor in Buttevant on Monday.

Airlifted

Thomas, a student at Colaiste Mhuire Buttevant, was due to begin his Leaving Cert today.

Mr McMahon's partner was following behind in a car and came across the scene only moments after the collision.

The family is well-known and respected in Churchtown, although they are not from the area.

It took emergency services around two hours to cut the injured teenagers free, such was the damage to the van.

They were then airlifted to the GAA pitch at Bishopstown in Cork city before being transferred by ambulance to Cork University Hospital (CUH).

The driver of the tractor, a man in his late 20s, was not injured.

Irish Cattle and Sheep Farmers' Association rural development chairman Seamus Sherlock said it was a busy time on farms, with an increased number of tractors and other farm machinery using the roads.

"Patience, as well as extreme caution, must be exercised by everybody using the roads," Mr Sherlock said.

He also implored farmers to pay close attention to safety.

Meanwhile, a truck driver was arrested following a collision in Clare yesterday in which a local businessman in his 60s was killed.

The victim, believed to be a former publican from Crusheen, died instantly in the crash between his refrigerated van and an articulated lorry on the M18 near Ennis.

It is understood the victim operated a milk delivery business.

The accident happened at about 12.50pm at the entrance to the southbound off-ramp to junction 13.

Overturned

The van left the motorway following the impact, overturned and collided with a lighting pole.

The driver of the lorry, who was uninjured, was interviewed by gardai at the scene before being arrested and taken to Ennis Garda Station for further interview.

The van driver's body was later removed from the scene by a local undertaker and taken to University Hospital Limerick, where a post-mortem examination is due to be carried out.

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