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Saturday 25 March 2017

Seven road fatalities in three days on roads

Seven people have lost their lives on the roads in three days.
Seven people have lost their lives on the roads in three days.
Garda at the scene of the accident
Garda at the scene of the accident, which took place on a straight stretch of road.
Garda at the scene of the accident on the M4 at Ballinafid near Mullingar, Co. Westmeath where four people lost their lives. Tony Gavin
Garda at the scene of the accident on the M4 at Ballinafid near Mullingar.
A woman and three girls are said to have lost their lives in the crash.
Emergency services at the scene where the road is closed
The male driver of the 4x4 has been taken to hospital with minor injuries.
Zoe Scannell who died in a collision on Thursday had made her communion a month earlier

A man in his 80s has become the seventh person to die on our roads this weekend.

Gardai in Monaghan are investigating a crash that took place yesterday afternoon in Ballinode, which claimed the life of an 84-year-old man.

The man's car is said to have left the road, hit a ditch and then collided with  an oncoming car driven by a 37-year-old woman.

The pensioner was taken to Cavan General Hospital where he later died.  The female driver of the other car was uninjured.  Gardai in the area are appealing for witnesses to come forward.

Meanwhile an investigation is ongoing into the circumstances of a crash yesterday morning on the main Dublin to Sligo road which claimed the lives of four as yet unidentifed females, who were travelling in car which was  in a collision with an SUV, just after 7.45am. After the collision, the car left the road and plunged into a roadside ditch.

They are believed to be three women in their 30s and 40s and one 10-year-old girl, all part of an extended family, who are not originally from the area.



Meanwhile, an 18-year-old GAA player David McNulty,  died following a single-vehicle incident in the early hours of Saturday morning near Enniskillen, Co Fermanagh.

A PSNI spokesman said a blue Seat Toledo was located off the road in the area shortly before 3am.

On Thursday a family holiday in west Cork turned into a deadly nightmare when a collision occurred in  Rosscarbery, at around 3pm.

Eight-year-old  Zoe Scannell, who had celebrated her First Holy Communion a little over a month ago, died instantly in the collision.

Her mother was removed from the scene by air ambulance to Cork University Hospital, where she remains in a critical condition.


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