Wednesday 18 October 2017

Gardai try to contact families of car crash victims

Shane Hickey

GARDAI were last night trying to make contact with the families of two Lithuanian men killed in a horrific car crash.

Both died when the car they were in crashed at Lally's Cross, Ballinakill, Co Kildare.

Three other people, including a one-year-old child, were injured in the two-car collision, which happened on a notorious stretch of road.

The dead men were named yesterday as Petras Statkus (54) and Arturas Janusonis (46). Both of the men died at the scene.

The three who were injured -- the family of a man, woman and a baby boy -- were travelling in the second car.

They were rushed to Tallaght hospital where their conditions were described as not life-threatening. The man comes from Newry, Co Down, while the woman and her child are from Mountmellick, Co Laois.

The bodies of the dead men were taken from the scene to the mortuary at Navan hospital.

Locals last night said they had called for the stretch of road to be improved in the past.

Fine Gael councillor Brendan Weld said there had been campaigns to upgrade the area and improve lighting. He said there had been a number of crashes there previously.

Initial reports suggested the accident happened when one car may have come off a side road into the path of the other.

The scene was immediately sealed off by gardai. A Fiat Punto and a Skoda, were removed for examination.

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