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Wednesday 24 May 2017

Elderly man (82) becomes latest road death victim

Barry Duggan Anita Guidera and Patsy McArdle

AN 82-year-old man became the latest casualty on our roads when the car he was driving was in collision with a truck on a narrow bridge.

He was the second person to be killed in less than 24hours after a law student died while making her way from work in Limerick on Sunday night. Her car was involved in a collision with three other vehicles at a notorious blackspot.

Last night the victim of the latest accident, which happened on Bunlin Bridge, two kilometres north of Milford in Donegal, was named locally as Leonard Orr from Ballyare, Ramelton.

He was the driver and sole occupant of a car that collided with the quarry lorry on the narrow bridge on the Carrigart road at around 5pm. Weather conditions were very poor at the time with driving wind and rain.

It is understood Mr Orr died in the ambulance on his way to hospital.

Gardai closed off the road while a forensic examination of the scene got under way and traffic diversions were put in place.

Meanwhile the 20-year-old Latvian killed in Limerick was named locally in Newcastle West as Liva Eglite.

While returning to her home on the outskirts of the town shortly after 10pm, the victim's black Honda Integra collided with a Ford Focus van, a Honda Civic and a Citroen Saxo at Ballymurragh on the busy N21 route. Emergency services rushed to the scene where she was pronounced dead.

Collision

The collision took place a mile from where three friends were killed last month while returning from a race meet at Listowel.

A four-year-old boy who was in one of the other vehicles involved in the collision was transferred yesterday from the Mid-Western Regional Hospital to the National Children's Hospital in Crumlin. He is believed to have suffered internal injuries.

A man in his forties and a woman in her thirties were also taken to hospital with minor injuries and shock but were discharged shortly afterwards.

Irish Independent

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