Notorious bend that claimed four lives to be removed
Published 01/08/2011 | 05:00
A TREACHEROUS bend on a road which claimed the lives of four students almost two years ago is to be removed.
The four young women, all students at NUI Galway, died in an horrific accident which left a fifth student with serious injuries.
Their car was in collision with a small truck at Carrownurlar on the N17 between Milltown and Ballindine.
Sarah Byrne (20) from Headford in north Co Galway, Marie Stephanie Ni Conghaile (19) from Rossaveal, Teresa Molloy (19) from Leitir Mor and Sorcha Rose McLoughlin (19) from Wexford, died in the tragic accident in November 2009.
They had gone to Sligo to do some Christmas shopping, when the collision happened in dreadful weather as they returned to Galway that night.
After their death, almost 14,000 people signed up to a Facebook campaign to put pressure on the Galway County Council to remove the dangerous bend known locally as 'Coyne's Corner'.
Remedial work, including flashing signs, has since been carried out at the notorious bend.
But now Galway County Council have decided to remove it along with a number of other bends along the stretch.
The works were put on the long finger initially because of plans to upgrade the Galway to Sligo Road. However, with financial problems hitting that project it has been decided to fast-track the works at the accident blackspot.
One of the councillors who voted to give the project the go-ahead, Cllr Peter Roche, said he was pleased to see the funding secured for the project.
"It is good that the NRA have made the funding available for the project but it is a pity it has taken this tragedy for the works to be carried out," he said.