Saturday 1 October 2016

Man killed after driving wrong way down motorway

Published 04/08/2015 | 02:30

'The stretch of road where the fatal crash occurred was closed off for a number of hours yesterday as gardai carried out a technical examination'
'The stretch of road where the fatal crash occurred was closed off for a number of hours yesterday as gardai carried out a technical examination'

Gardai are investigating if the driver of a car involved in a fatal collision was travelling down the wrong side of a motorway when he was killed.

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The man, who was 48 years old, was killed after he was involved in a three-car collision at 10.30pm on Sunday in Co Louth.

A source last night confirmed that gardai were investigating whether the man's car was travelling in the wrong direction on the northbound side of the M1 motorway when the crash occurred.

The collision happened between junctions 15 and 16, close to Castlebellingham, and the local parish priest attended the scene.

The driver of the second car - a woman in her 40s - was brought to Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital in Drogheda, where she is being treated for serious injuries.

The occupants of the third car, a woman and her 11-year-old daughter, were brought to the same hospital but their injuries are not believed to be life-threatening.

The stretch of road where the fatal crash occurred was closed off for a number of hours yesterday as gardai carried out a technical examination.

This scene of the collision is a short distance from where Jim Quigley tragically crashed his car after travelling the wrong way down the motorway on Monday last week.

Mr Quigley, who was laid to rest on Saturday, is believed to have murdered his wife Marie in their home near Hackballscross before taking his own life.

Meanwhile, a 21-year-old man was last night being treated in Cork University Hospital for serious head injuries after he was involved in a serious car crash in the early hours of yesterday morning in Co Limerick.

Two others were also injured in the single-car collision when the vehicle they were travelling in left the road in Ballycasey shortly after 3am.

Their injuries are not believed to be life-threatening.

The gardai and the Road Safety Authority (RSA) last week launched a campaign for the Bank Holiday weekend, as a total of 39 people have been killed and seriously injured on Irish roads during the August Bank Holiday weekend over the last five years.

Irish Independent

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