Toddler killed as mother's car collides with van
A 13-MONTH-OLD died yesterday and his cousin was left fighting for her life last night after a woman's car was involved in a head-on collision on a busy road.
Thomas Anthony O'Brien died following the two-vehicle collision between Charleville and O'Rourke's Cross on the N20 route in south Limerick.
The accident happened at 4.15pm on a straight stretch of road at Rockhill when a Renault Clio in which the children were travelling collided with an oncoming white Berlingo van.
Emergency services rushed to the scene, but the boy was declared dead at the Mid-Western Regional Hospital in Limerick.
The boy's mother Nicola, 19, who was driving the car, and his six-year-old cousin were also in hospital last night.
A hospital spokesman said the young girl was in a critical condition, while the woman was said to be stable.
Two male occupants in the van were also hospitalised, while the van driver and another passenger escaped unharmed.
It is understood the van, which was travelling in the Limerick direction, was towing a trailer containing calves.
The woman and the two children were travelling in the Charleville direction, where it is believed they are from.
The Limerick-Cork road remained closed off yesterday evening for several hours following the accident.
Gardai in Bruff, Co Limerick, are investigating.