Monday 5 December 2016

Woman dies in freak accident

Published 15/03/2010 | 05:00

A WOMAN died in a freak accident at the weekend after she was rolled over by her own vehicle.

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The tragedy unfolded when Mavis Rolston (67), from Garvarry Hill, Enniskillen, Co Fermanagh, stopped her four-wheel drive on a roadside in Co Cavan and stepped outside to take a phone call.

But the vehicle rolled forward and struck her.

The accident occurred at around 7.30pm on Saturday night on the N3 at Aghalane near Belturbet. Ms Rolston was pronounced dead at the scene.

Gardai are probing the exact circumstances of her death but believe it to be a tragic mishap.

Sources said it appeared the woman had pulled over to the hard shoulder and left her car to take the call. She walked to the front when the car rolled forward. It is believed the handbrake had not been correctly engaged.

A second woman who was in the vehicle raised the alarm and the emergency services rushed to the scene.

No other vehicle was involved and the second woman, while unhurt in the freak accident, was treated for shock.

Investigation

The road remained closed on Saturday night and much of yesterday morning as a garda forensic team carried out a full investigation.

Meanwhile, the fire brigade had to cut people free following a two-car collision yesterday in Arklow, Co Wicklow.

The smash occurred shortly after 4pm at the junction of Beech Road with the Dublin Road, on the outer edge of Arklow town. The two cars were believed to be travelling in the same direction towards Arklow at the time.

Three men were in a Ford Fiesta car, and another two men were in a Nissan Almera.

Arklow fire crew spent more than an hour cutting four of the men free from two of the vehicles. However, none of the injuries were thought to be life-threatening.

Irish Independent

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