Mother killed and son badly injured in car crash
Published 05/05/2014 | 02:30
A YOUNG boy was seriously injured when the car he was travelling in collided with a bus.
His mother died in the crash, which occurred at around 3.30pm on Saturday as the family were on their way to their holiday home in the village of Kerrykeel in Co Donegal.
Siobhan Hutcheon (38), originally from Derry, but living in Muff, Co Donegal, was driving with her three children on the N13 between Letterkenny and Derry, near Newtowncunningham, when the crash occurred.
It is understood that the children's father had been due to meet them at the holiday home later that evening.
Mrs Hutcheon, who worked in Lloyd's Pharmacy in Derry, was pronounced dead at the scene. Her body was removed to Letterkenny General Hospital for a post-mortem examination.
One of the children, believed to be a young boy, was taken to the Royal Victoria Hospital in Belfast with serious injuries.
The other children's injuries were believed to be non-life-threatening and they were being treated in Altnagelvin Hospital in Derry.
Phyllis McKenna, a resident in Muff, said she was "shocked" to learn about the accident.
"It's awful," she said. "One of the children was due to have their Communion next Saturday. The family have been living here in Muff for about eight or nine years. I can't believe it."
The driver of the bus was not injured in the collision.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Letterkenny garda station or the Garda Confidential Line at 1800 666 111.
Meanwhile, motorbike racer Noel Murphy (36), from Lusk, in north Dublin, died on Saturday after he crashed his bike at the famous Tandragee race track in Co Armagh.
Racing was suspended for a period after the incident but began again at the request of Noel's father, who had been watching the race.
It is understood that Mr Murphy, who worked as a plasterer with his father's company and was known as 'Smurf' to his friends, had recently celebrated the birth of his only son.
The Road Safety Authority (RSA) and gardai had appealed to all drivers to take extra care over the notoriously dangerous bank holiday weekend.
In particular, gardai had expressed concerns about a high number of deaths among motorcyclists, scooter and moped users, with two of them dying in crashes on roads so far this year.