Thursday 23 February 2017

Gardai probe fuel-spill link to biker's death

Conor Kane

GARDAI are investigating the possibility that a major fuel spill may have caused a crash in which a motorcyclist lost his life yesterday.

Yesterday's incident took place close to Ballinaboola on the N25 in Co Wexford -- about four miles from New Ross.

The latest road victim was named as Larry Lyons, aged in his mid-30s, who was originally from St Mullins, Co Carlow, but moved to New Ross some years ago and lived in the Irishtown area with his family.

Road conditions for up to 60km of the Waterford-Wexford route were said to be slippery during the day following the spillage -- the source of which is still unknown.

The spill started around the M25 Waterford bypass and stretched through New Ross and east towards Wexford town.

A spokesperson for the gardai said it was not making any connection "at the moment" between the spill and the crash.

But New Ross town council chairman Victor Furness said it was "quite possible" the two were linked.

Mr Lyons worked as a plasterer, was well known in motorcycling circles and was due to take part in a fundraising rally next week for the New Ross Search and Rescue service.

Mr Lyons was out for a drive yesterday when his motorbike was in collision with a van in the area of Cushenstown at about 12.50pm. The van driver and two passengers were not hurt but were suffering from shock.

Gardai in New Ross appealed to witnesses to call 051 426030.

Yesterday's tragedy took place less than a month after Lena Doyle (22), from New Ross, died in a car crash just three miles from her home.

Irish Independent

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