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Friday 15 December 2017

Three dead in 24 hours as fog hits motorways

Three people have been killed in separate road accidents within 24 hours in Louth and Kerry.

Motorists were warned to take extra care as a blanket of dense fog caused commuter chaos as it swept across the country.

The M1, M3 and M50 motorways were among the main roads worst affected by the blanket of fog.

The warning from AA Roadwatch came as three people lost their lives on the roads over the last 24 hours.

Motorcyclist Derek Joyce was killed when his machine burst in flames after a head-on collision with a tractor on the Ballymackenny Road 4km outside Drogheda at 6pm yesterday evening.

Mr Joyce, who was from nearby Monasterboice, had previously competed in motorcycle races and had been seriously injured in a car accident a few years ago.

The bike broke in two on impact and burst into flames, setting fire to the tractor also.

The tractor driver escaped without injury however.

Mr Joyce had just left home and had been on the bike for less than a minute when the collision occurred.

Mr Joyce was the brother of Dublin-based solicitor Anthony Joyce, who works with people in mortgage difficulties.

A woman in her 20s was also fatally injured in Co Louth when the car she was driving crashed on Main Street, Castlebellingham shortly after 2am this morning. She was alone in the car at the time.

The victim was pronounced dead at the scene and her body was taken to Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital in Drogheda where a post mortem examination will be carried out.

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The road at the scene was closed overnight pending an examination of the area by Garda Forensic Collision investigators.

Meanwhile, a 59-year-old woman died after the car she was a passenger in collided with another car at Ballynane, Annascaul, Co Kerry just after 6.30pm yesterday evening.

The victim was removed to Kerry General Hospital and died later. The 58-year-old female driver of the car, along with the 39-year-old male driver of the other car were brought to Kerry General Hospital with injuries that were described as not life threatening.

Gardai are appealing for witnesses to contact Dingle Garda Station on 066 - 9153850, the Garda Confidential Telephone Line 1800 666 111 or any Garda Station.

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