Teenager and mum-to-be in crash tragedy
TWO young drivers, including a pregnant woman, were killed in a horrific head-on road smash late last night.
A 17-year-old man and a woman (23) were killed in the accident just outside the Tipperary village of Bansha.
The man, from Cork, was the sole occupant of one car and was killed on impact.
The woman was from Waterford and died as a result of injuries from the collision.
The passengers in the female driver's car -- two males --were injured in the 10.30pm crash.
Their injuries are said to be serious but they are in a stable condition in hospital.
Gardai said that it was a particularly horrific accident on the stretch of road, which acts as the main Waterford to Limerick connection.
Crash investigators were at the scene today, about one mile outside Bansha, heading towards Cahir. Weather conditions were clear when the accident occurred. Post mortems on the victims are expected to take place later today. Gardai believe those who died were not from the area.
Witnesses have been asked to contact Tipperary Town Garda Station on 062-80670, or Cahir Garda Station on 052-7445630.
The road remained closed this morning.
Gardai said that as of Friday last week, a total of 35 people were officially recorded as being killed on Irish roads this year.
The figure of road deaths in 2011 was the lowest figure since records began in 1959.
Gardai have recently expressed their concern about the rapid increase in road deaths in the west of the country over the past two years which is contrary to the downward trend nationally.
Single-vehicle crashes involving male drivers constituted the largest number of fatalities in the region last year.
Speeding in 80kph and 100kph zones has also been identified as a major factor in fatalities in the south and west.
Assistant Commissioner John O'Mahoney of the Garda National Traffic Bureau sympathised with the grief of families of 186 victims who died on roads across the State in 2011.
He said that "too many lives" had been lost.