Wednesday 16 August 2017

Road tragedy casts dark cloud over huge win

Conor Kane

TWO people have died following a horror crash between a motorbike and a car yesterday.

The crash happened about four miles outside Dungarvan, on the road to Clonmel, at about 3.30pm.

A 19-year-old motorcyclist died at the scene after his bike was involved in a collision with a car. And a woman in her 30s was seriously injured and died later in the evening after being taken to Waterford Regional Hospital.

The identities of those involved in the crash were not officially released as family members were only being informed last night of the tragedy.

However, the male victim was named locally as Christopher O'Mahoney, of Spring Meadows, Dungarvan. The dead woman is believed to have been from a rural area outside the town.

Several fire service units and ambulances travelled to the scene shortly after the incident.

The crash occurred in the Colligan area, on a relatively narrow road.

Mr O'Mahoney, a son of Johnny and Christine O'Mahoney, is thought to have been travelling home from work in the Clonmel area when the crash happened.

The road, just off the main Dungarvan-Lismore route, was blocked and sealed off by gardai for a number of hours while crash investigators carried out a forensic examination of the scene.

Gardai in Dungarvan have appealed for anyone who was in the area at the time or who may have information on the crash to get in contact with them.

A garda who was involved in the investigation described the collision as "a tragedy" which contrasted with the earlier excitement around Dungarvan surrounding the local €16.7m Lotto winner. "One family has been left very happy today but two families have been destroyed," he said.

Irish Independent

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