Monday 25 September 2017

Chaos on the roads as lorry driver and pensioner are killed

Mark O'Regan and Louise Hogan

A TRUCK driver has died after losing control of his vehicle on a busy dual carriageway and crashing into a ditch.

He was the second person to be killed on the country's roads in less than 24 hours after a pensioner was knocked down as he left a removal service.

The truck driver -- Daniel Murphy (63), from Co Wexford -- was thrown from his cab and suffered multiple injuries in the crash which happened at around 3.30pm yesterday on the N11 at Scratnagh, Co Wicklow, about 2km south of Jack White's pub.

Paramedics treated him for up to two hours at the scene, but he was pronounced dead a short time later.

Earlier, one man was in a serious condition following a five-car pile-up during morning rush-hour traffic in Dublin. It occurred on the Stillorgan road, near RTE's studios in Donnybrook.

The man, described as elderly, was treated for a cardiac arrest at the scene and taken to St Vincent's Hospital.

Firefighters had to use cutting equipment to free people from one of the cars. Two other men and a woman were also taken to hospital, but their conditions were not believed to be serious.

Traffic delays were reported in the area as the busy road was closed off to traffic.

Meanwhile, the family of 65-year-old Paddy McKenzie from Boyle, Co Roscommon, who was knocked down by a car and killed as he crossed a road following a removal on Sunday night, have described him as a "lovely man".

Heartbroken

The accident happened at 7.30pm, just after father-of-two Mr McKenzie had attended the service in St Joseph's Church.

The GAA fanatic had lived in the area for more than 50 years and played football for Boyle and Ballaghaderreen in his youth.

A neighbour said: "A friend of his asked him if he wanted a lift and he was crossing the road to the car when it happened.

"He was a lovely man who really enjoyed his sports, particularly the GAA."

Mr McKenzie's heartbroken daughter, Marguerita Nally, said her father was a "quiet man who never had a cross word to say to anybody".

"He was an All-Ireland enthusiast and in his heyday it was his annual pilgrimage to Dublin," she told the Irish Independent.

Irish Independent

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