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Pictures released of tragic crash that killed Limerick woman and her young daughter in Poland

David Kearns

Published 10/05/2015 | 11:03

The crash took place in the popular spa town of Rabka Credit: Komenda Powiatowa Policji
The crash took place in the popular spa town of Rabka Credit: Komenda Powiatowa Policji
Yvonne and Soren Buchtrup with their two children Ella (2) and Noah (6 months) at a friend's wedding
The family's rental car was pushed forward into the truck in front of them Credit: Komenda Powiatowa Policji
Ms Buchtrup and her daughter were killed instantly in the crash Credit: Komenda Powiatowa Policji
Credit: Komenda Powiatowa Policji
Credit: Komenda Powiatowa Policji
Credit: Komenda Powiatowa Policji

Shocking images have been released of the fatal crash that took the lives of an Irish woman and her two-year-old daughter in Poland last week.

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Limerick native Yvonne Buchtrup (30), daughter of well-known horse breeder John Long, was killed instantly along with her daughter Ella (2) when their car was struck by a Mercedes Sprinter van on Wednesday.

Ms Buchtrup's husband Soren (44) and their infant son Noah were also in the car.

The family of four had been returning to their home in Norway after attending a friend's wedding in Slovakia when their rental car was fatally struck.

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Ella Buchtrup. 'Yvonne and Ella were ‘the two most important girls in my life, whom I cherish and love very, very much . . .Words cannot describe the feelings. . . Bye my girls. Only love is real’ – Soren Buchtrup
Ella Buchtrup. 'Yvonne and Ella were ‘the two most important girls in my life, whom I cherish and love very, very much . . .Words cannot describe the feelings. . . Bye my girls. Only love is real’ – Soren Buchtrup
An image of the Mercedes Sprinter van that hit the family's rental car Credit: Komenda Powiatowa Policji

On Thursday, Polish police released photographs of the accident following the arrest of a 71-year-old man.

Describing the scene, officers said that the family were park in a Toyota Auris in the village of Rabka when a Polish driver smashed into the back of them, propelling their car forward into the back of an articulated trailer.

Yvonne’s Danish husband Soren suffered a spinal injury, and was treated at a nearby hospital, but their eight month old son Noah escaped without serious injury.

A 71-yea-old man was arrested at the scene and has since been charged over the fatal crash – according to relatives of the family.

It is believed he could face up to eight year prison if he is found guilty of causing the fatal collision.

The Department of Foreign Affairs told Independent.ie that a man had been "arrested and charged" by police in Poland.

Ms Buchtrup and her daughter were killed instantly in the crash Credit: Komenda Powiatowa Policji
Ms Buchtrup and her daughter were killed instantly in the crash Credit: Komenda Powiatowa Policji

It is understood that the driver tested negative for driving under the influence.

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In a loving online tribute to his wife and daughter, Mr Buchtrup said "words could not describe" his feelings.

Below a posting of pictures of his wife and daughter on his Facebook page, he said: "Here is the two most important girls in my life, whom I cherish and love very very much. First my little girl Ella who is just starting her life. Always full of dancing, singing and laughter. Always ready to sing "Twinkle twinkle little star" when Noah starts to cry."

The Danish pilot who has a teenage son Magnus from a previous relationship added: "(Ella) Always says she loves Magnus when I tell her I love her. Always comes running with open arms when either mum or dad have been gone for more than a few minutes. She just yesterday asked to take a selfie. My big little girl."

The back of the truck hit when the family's car was pushed forward Credit: Komenda Powiatowa Policji
The back of the truck hit when the family's car was pushed forward Credit: Komenda Powiatowa Policji

"Then my wonderful and loving wife Yvonne who always lightens up any room she enters and who touches anyone's heart. Always telling me we are soulmates and that she loves me, even when I'm being difficult. So full of life and ideas always, and never too old to arrange and play funny games with anyone's kids. My little big girl."

He continued: "Today these two wonderful girls were abruptly and brutally taken away from us near Nowy Targ in Poland when a car rammed our parked car... Noah and I escaped with just minor physical injuries. Words cannot describe the feelings."

"I feel I have lost everything, but I still have the two most important boys in my life. I will keep cherishing and loving them forever together with the beautiful memories and love of Yvonne and Ella."

He ended his tribute poignantly: "Bye my girls. Only love is real."

Soren and Yvonne
Soren and Yvonne

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