'These things happen so fast and there’s not a lot you can say' - Community in shock after young woman dies in freak fall from van
These things happen so fast and there’s not a lot you can say.”
A young woman was killed after apparently falling from a moving van when the back doors of the vehicle swung open as it turned at a junction.
Cliodhna Thornton, who was in her early 20s and from Coismeigmór, Furbogh, died from injuries she suffered when she fell from the vehicle.
Her parents Sean and Ann are well known and well regarded in the Co Galway village and are deeply involved in GAA and initiatives for the local community.
A second woman was injured when she too fell from the vehicle as it turned onto the Barna Road at a junction near Moycullen, about 10km west of Galway city. She was taken to University Hospital Galway where her condition was yesterday described as stable.
Gardaí believe that two people were in the front of the vehicle with five others in the rear of the van when the tragedy happened.
None of the other five occupants of the vehicle were injured. They were helping gardaí with their investigation into the tragedy.
A post-mortem examination was expected to take place on the woman's body. Relatives and friends were yesterday comforting her family.
Last night, the Barna-Furbo hurling club issued a statement expressing their condolences to the Thornton family.
"Club Iománaíochta Bearna-na Forbacha wish to express our deepest condolences to the Thornton Family of Coismeigmór on the tragic and untimely death of Cliodhna.
"Cliodhna's parents Sean and Ann are hard working stalwarts of our club for many years, and both of her brothers Cormac and Cian are involved with the club as players since a young age.
"The thoughts and prayers of all in the club are with the Thornton family,
"As a club and a community we share in their sense of loss and offer any support we can to assist the family during this difficult time."
Connemara Councillor Seosamh Ó Cualáin, who knows Cliodhna’s parents, says that the community will rally behind the Thornton family during this difficult time.
“The Furbogh community will respond the way that they always do, they will stick together. I have no doubt that they will all come together and support the family.
“It’s an awful tragedy for the family. They are hard-working people who are very involved in the community.
“At times like this, there are plenty of questions, but no answers. These things happen so fast and there’s not a lot you can say.”
No arrests were made in relation to the incident.
Gardaí at Salthill (091-514720) have appealed for witnesses and are anxious to speak to anyone who was travelling on the N59 Galway-Moycullen road or the Barna-Moycullen road, between 1.45 and 3.15 yesterday morning.
The road was closed to facilitate Garda forensic collision investigators and re-opened later yesterday.