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Sunday 23 July 2017

Man (64) died in car crash on way to wedding

Anita Guidera

A 64-year-old man was killed yesterday evening in a head-on collision while he was on his way to a family wedding.

The victim, from Co Limerick, died at the scene of the crash on the Donegal town bypass at around 4.10pm.

His wife and a couple who were travelling in the other car were all taken to Letterkenny General Hospital, but none were believed to be suffering from life-threatening injuries.

The couple were on their way to the wedding of a cousin that was due to take place at Harvey's Point Hotel today.

Conditions

It appears that the victim may have thought that he was travelling in the wrong direction and turned his car on the bypass, colliding with an oncoming vehicle.

Among the first on the scene was the victim's son, a garda based in Co Cork, who had arrived at the hotel earlier yesterday evening.

Driving conditions were wet and poor at the time.

The road remained closed last night for a garda forensic team to conduct an examination of the accident scene.

This was the first fatal collision of the Bank Holiday weekend and the 19th fatality on Donegal roads this year.

Earlier yesterday, Letterkenny-based Garda Inspector Michael Harrison issued an appeal, particularly to young male drivers, to slow down over the weekend.

Irish Independent

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