Wednesday 29 March 2017

Two men killed on roads in the north east of country

Gardai at Tully Esker
Gardai at Tully Esker
Caroline Crawford

Caroline Crawford

Two men have died in separate road crashes which occurred in the north east of the country yesterday.

In Louth, Stephen Kenny (36) died following a crash on the Drogheda to Monasterboice road at Tully Esker, which also saw a man and a woman hospitalised.

The incident happened at 6.30am yesterday.

Originally from Shamrock Hill in Dunleer, he worked for PayPal in Dundalk, and was living in Brookville in Drogheda.

He is survived by his parents Des and Leona, brother Declan and fiancée, Barbara Basia.

Just hours earlier in Monaghan, a 24-year-old pedestrian died after he was hit by a truck on the Castleblayney to Annyalla Road at around 2am.

The accident occurred at Drumquill, on the Castleblayney to Annyalla Road. The truck driver was uninjured.

Gardaí closed the road to facilitate a forensic examination and diversions were put in place.

Gardaí are investigating both incidents and have appealed for any witnesses to the tragedies to contact them.

Injured

Two people were injured in the Louth collision, after the car they were travelling in collided with another vehicle.

The 36-year-old driver of one car was fatally injured and pronounced dead at the scene.

The driver and passenger of the other car, a man and woman in their 30s, were taken to Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital in Drogheda, where their injuries are not believed to be life threatening.

The road was also closed for a forensic examination and diversions were put in place.

Gardaí in Drogheda are appealing for witnesses to the Louth crash.

Meanwhile, commuters in Dublin were hit by heavy traffic during the day after the closure of the Port Tunnel for a number of hours. The tunnel was closed yesterday morning after a truck overturned in the north bore at 8am.

The ban on five-axle trucks travelling through the city was temporarily lifted as a result of both tunnel bores being closed.

Emergency services had been using the south bore of the tunnel to gain access to north bore, where a packed truck had overturned and blocked traffic.

No injuries were reported from the accident.

Irish Independent

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