Saturday 24 June 2017

Grieving families to bring crash victims' bodies home

Tom Shiel and Breda Heffernan

THE families of the two young Irish men killed in an horrific road crash in Australia are preparing to bring their loved ones home.

Adrian Freeman (24) and Robert Twomey (27) died after a Volvo car allegedly crossed the white line and crashed head-on into their vehicle near the city of Geelong in Victoria on Saturday afternoon.

It could be up to a week before their remains are released by Australian authorities and brought back to Ireland.

Yesterday, the family of Adrian, a gifted hurler and footballer, travelled from their home in Tooreen, Ballyhaunis, Co Mayo, to Dublin to make the necessary visa arrangements. They are expected to fly out to Victoria today.

Father James Linnane, parish priest of St Mary's Church in Listowel, Co Kerry, said no funeral arrangements for Robert Twomey had yet been made.

Adrian is believed to have been behind the wheel of the Toyota Camry which was involved in the collision with a Volvo on the Barwon Heads Road on the outskirts of Geelong. Two other young men travelling in the Toyota suffered minor injuries

The female driver of the Volvo had to be cut from the wreckage and was flown by helicopter to the Royal Melbourne Hospital where she remains in a critical condition.

A book of condolences in memory of Adrian has been opened on the Mayo GAA website www.mayogaa.com and has already attracted hundreds of messages.

Irish Independent

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