Driver in critical condition after crash
ONE lorry driver died and another was in a critical condition in hospital last night following two separate road crashes over the weekend.
In the first incident in Co Clare, a driver was left seriously injured after his articulated truck went out of control and overturned on the busy N18 Galway to Ennis road early on Saturday morning.
The accident happened between Gort and Ennis just inside the Co Clare border.
A crane had to be used to right the truck and help to remove it.
The contents of the truck were strewn along a wide area of the roadway, causing traffic delays.
The driver was rushed to University Hospital in Galway, where his condition yesterday was described as critical.
Gardai at Ennis and Crusheen are appealing for witnesses to the accident.
Meanwhile, gardai in Co Meath are investigating the circumstances of a crash which claimed the life of another lorry driver who was in his 40s.
The truck crashed on the N52, Delvin to Kells Road, near Fordstown, at around 6.30pm on Friday. He was the sole occupant of the lorry and and no other vehicles were involved.
The driver was rushed by ambulance to the Midlands Regional Hospital in Mullingar, where he died from his injuries the following morning.
Diversions were put in place as garda forensic collision investigators carried out an examination of the scene.
His death brings to five the number of people killed on the roads so far this year.