Two dead, two bady hurt in road accidents
TWO people – one an elderly pensioner – have been killed and two others seriously injured in separate road accidents.
A Lithuanian man was killed and two of his countrymen were seriously injured following a road accident involving three vehicles.
The accident took place at the townland of Lisanurlan near the Longford Town FC ground on the N5 between Longford and Tarmonbarry, Co Roscommon, at 5pm.
The deceased man, aged 45, was pronounced dead at the scene. It's understood he was living in Longford town but was originally from Lithuania.
Two other occupants of his car, believed to be Lithuanians living in Boyle, Co Roscommon, and aged in their 20s and 40s, were seriously injured.
The drivers of the two other cars were treated for minor injuries.
Local resident Olive Molloy rushed outside to see what had happened after hearing an "almighty crashing sound" directly outside her house.
"I went outside and what I witnessed was unbelievable," she told the Irish Independent.
"The emergency services had to use cutting equipment to get one man out of the silver car. An occupant in another car had a dog and it landed on a grass verge after the crash.
"It was still alive but a vet was called to put in down," she said.
Meanwhile, a pensioner in his 80s died of his injuries after he was struck by a truck while crossing the main Drogheda to Slane Road in Slane village.
The man was rushed to Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital in Drogheda, Co Louth, where he later died of his injuries.