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Tuesday 21 August 2018

'She touched our lives so much' - pals' tribute to crash victim Aisling

Aisling Dolan died in the car crash on the N11 on Tuesday
Aisling Dolan died in the car crash on the N11 on Tuesday

A young woman killed in a three-vehicle crash has been described by friends as someone who was "full of life and always laughing".

Aisling Dolan (19), from New Ross, Co Wexford, died and her mother was seriously injured in the collision on the N11 on Tuesday.

Aisling was a front-seat passenger in a black Peugeot hatchback involved in the accident which happened at around midday outside Enniscorthy.

Heartbroken

"Aisling touched all our lives so much and we are completely heartbroken," one friend said.

"Today my life was turned upside down. Love and will miss you always Ais," another friend said.

Aisling's mother was airlifted to Tallaght Hospital in Dublin, where she remains in a serious condition.

Two other vehicles, a van and a pick-up truck, were involved in the collision.

Both drivers and a passenger in the van were treated for minor injuries at the scene of the accident.

The stretch of road between the Scarawalsh and Blackstoops roundabouts reopened late on Tuesday night.

Local Sinn Fein councillor Johnny Mythen, from Enniscorthy, said the town had been left reeling by the horrific accident.

"It's a tragedy for the family involved. A lovely fine day like today and their whole life has been turned around," he said.

"It's the last kind of phone call anyone wants to get. The whole town is in shock.

"I understand there was a man from the town involved also and hopefully he'll be OK."

The accident happened on the main N11 between Enniscorthy and Dublin.

Skidding

In 2006, local TD Paul Kehoe, now the Junior Defence Minister, urged the Department of Transport to install a roundabout at a former junction of the N11 following a spate of fatal and serious accidents in the area over the years.

While a roundabout was put in during 2008, there were numerous reports of drivers skidding on the southbound approach, prompting authorities to introduce a 55kph "voluntary" speed limit at the roundabout in 2013.

However, two years later a man was killed in a collision on the same stretch of road between the towns of Ferns and Enniscorthy.

In July 2003, a teenage couple and their four-month-old baby were killed when their car collided with a truck that was fully laden with gravel on the N11 at Scarawalsh.

Conor Martin (18), a barman from Marshalstown, Enniscorthy, his girlfriend Emma Conroy (17), from Pearse Road, Enniscorthy, who had just completed her Leaving Cert, and their infant daughter Chloe were all killed instantly when their blue Opel Corsa collided with a truck from a quarry.

That accident also took place at lunchtime when the couple were travelling from Gorey with their baby.

The car and truck were travelling in opposite directions when the collision happened around 12.30pm.

The previous weekend, a car and two motorcyclists were involved in a serious collision at Scarawalsh, in which four members of a family from Enniscorthy died.

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