Saturday 24 June 2017

Crash survivor still critical months on

John Fallon

The driver of a car in which four students were killed in a horror accident in November has been transferred from hospital in Dublin to her native Galway but remains critically ill.

Michelle O'Donnell (21) from Kilronan on the Aran Islands, was transferred from Beaumont Hospital to University Hospital Galway on New Year's Day.

A hospital spokesperson last night described her condition as 'critical but stable'.

The accident happened, on a notorious stretch of the N17, when the Peugeot 206 car she was driving was in collision with a pick-up truck at Carrownurlaur, close to the main Galway-Mayo border on November 17. She was taken to Mayo General Hospital and was transferred to Beaumont Hospital with chest and head injuries.

Four college friends were killed -- Sarah Byrne (20) from Headford, Co Galway; Marie Stephanie Conneely (19) from Baile na hAbhainn, Connemara; Theresa Molloy (19) from Leitir Móir, Connemara and Sorcha Rose McLoughlin (19) from Mulgannon, Wexford.

Since the accident, neon warning signs have been erected to warn motorists of the dangerous bends.

Irish Independent

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