Thursday 8 December 2016

Elderly man killed in two-car collision last night - weekend road death toll rises to seven

Published 24/08/2015 | 09:04

Gardai (Stock image)
Gardai (Stock image)

An elderly man was killed after the SUV he was driving collided with a jeep last night.

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It brings to six the death toll on Irish roads at the weekend.

The man (70) was pronounced dead at the scene and his body was removed to Sligo General Hospital.

The two-vehicle fatal collision occurred on the N15 at Drumcroil, Ballintra, south Donegal at approximately 10.30pm last night.

The three other passengers in the SUV, one male and two female, were taken to Sligo General Hospital with injuries described as serious but not life threatening.

The driver and passenger of the second vehicle, a jeep, were also taken to Sligo General Hospital with injuries described as minor.

This stretch of road is currently closed to facilitate an examination by Garda Forensic Collision Investigators and local diversions are in place.

Gardai wish to appeal for witnesses to  contact Donegal Garda Station on 074 9740190, The Garda Confidential Telephone Line 1800 666 111 or any Garda Station.

Gardaí are also appealing for witnesses following a single vehicle fatal traffic collision in Co. Mayo yesterday evening.

At around 10.30pm a 19-year-old man was seriously injured when the car he was driving struck a wall.

The incident occurred on the N84 at Carrowmore, near Ballinrobe.

He was pronounced dead at the scene and the local Coroner was notified.

The body of the deceased was removed to Mayo General Hospital for a post-mortem examination.

A passenger in the car, a man in his late teens, was taken by ambulance to Mayo General Hospital. His injuries are not thought to be life threatening.

Five other men lost their lives in three other separate collisions over the weekend.

Three men died following a collision on the A1 between Banbridge and Dromore in Co Down.

In Donegal, a 19-year-old man lost his life after the car in which he was travelling left the road.

The fifth victim was a motorcyclist in Cork. The 41-year-old man was fatally injured when his bike crashed into a car.

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