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Thursday 27 July 2017

Tragedy on roads strikes a second time for Curtis family

Louise Hogan and Joe McCabe

TRAGEDY seems to stalk the Curtis family, who have now lost six lives after two horrific smashes separated by nearly 10 years.

This is the second time the Curtis family has had to cope with horrific devastation on the roads.

Five members of the wider family, cousins and an aunt of Glen Curtis -- who died in Monday's horror crash -- were killed in a crash between a car and milk tanker in 2001.

The accident happened when members of the Curtis family had been travelling from Nobber, Co Meath, to Bundoran, Co Donegal, for a summer holiday.

Tragedy struck at Swann's Cross on the Monaghan to Cootehill Road and just two occupants of the Toyota Corolla survived -- Tommy Curtis and baby Chloe.

Mr Curtis's wife Catherine and other children Wayne (9) and Shauna (5) were killed along with his 14-year-old sister Jamie and nephew Garry.

"There have been a lot of tragedies in the family," a friend said. "They are a lovely, decent, hard-working family but tragedy seems to stalk them."

Another friend of the family, speaking in the Co Meath village, said: "We are devastated with the news of Glen's death. It's not fair.

"The Curtis family has had enough to deal with already with the tragedy at Swann's Cross back in 2001 without this. It's heartbreaking."

Irish Independent

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