Sunday 4 December 2016

Three die in another tragic weekend on our roads

Adam Cullen and Ryan Nugent

Published 15/06/2015 | 02:30

A motorist was in a serious condition in hospital after his car collided with a wall outside a house on the Limerick-Clare border at Shannon Banks, Corbally
A motorist was in a serious condition in hospital after his car collided with a wall outside a house on the Limerick-Clare border at Shannon Banks, Corbally

One man has died and another is in a serious condition in hospital following two separate road traffic accidents.

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The latest tragedy occurred when a motorcyclist crashed into an embankment at the Wicklow Gap, near Blessington, yesterday afternoon. His death brings to three the number of people killed on the country's roads since Friday.

The motorcyclist, in his 50s, hit the mound between Hollywood village and the King's River Bridge and was airlifted to Tallaght Hospital at around 12pm, where he later died.

Renua TD for Wicklow Billy Timmins said the road is particularly busy with bikers at weekends.

"It's a very tragic accident. That road is very busy, particularly on weekends with motorcyclists and cyclists. An awful lot of bikes come out from Dublin, and it'd be especially busy on a Sunday," he said.

Meanwhile, another man is fighting for his life in hospital, after the car he was driving left the road and hit a wall on the Limerick-Clare border on Saturday night.

The man lost control of the car on a bend on the Clare side of the border, before it crashed into the stone wall of a house, narrowly missing a 17-year-old boy.

The man's car spun 360 degrees before ending up in the middle of the road.

The driver was freed from the wreckage by personnel from Limerick City Fire and Rescue Service who came on the scene as they returned to their base after responding to a fire at a nearby nursing home.

The driver, aged in his mid-30s, was treated for serious head injuries at the scene by HSE paramedics. He was removed by ambulance to University Hospital Limerick.

The teenager had just parked at the front entrance of the house when the man's car crashed inches from him.

"I was coming in the road and just pulled in...I went to hop out of the car when I heard a massive bang," the youth explained.

Meanwhile, a 22-year-old male driver was killed in a single-vehicle crash in Kilkenny on Friday, and a 30-year-old female pedestrian was killed in a collision in Wexford just hours later.

Irish Independent

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