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Sunday 26 October 2014

Garda probe cause of crash that claimed young dad's life

Simon Brouder

Published 25/09/2013 | 05:36

THE cause of a tragic car accident that claimed the life of 26-year-old father of two William Collins near Abbeydorney on Sunday evening remains unclear.

THE cause of a tragic car accident that claimed the life of 26-year-old father of two William Collins near Abbeydorney on Sunday evening remains unclear.

Mr Collins, who lived in Abbeydorney with his fiancee and two young children, died when his car left the road and burst into flames at Ballybroman on the main Ardfert to Abbeydorney Road at approximately 8.30pm on Sunday.

The young man was just two miles from his home in Abbeydorney when the accident took place. It is understood that Mr Collins, who was the only occupant of the car, was killed instantly in the crash.

Mr Collins had been seen in a local shop in Abbeydorney about an hour before the accident and neighbours believe he may have been running a simple errand when tragedy struck.

The exact cause of the accident remains unclear but it appears Mr Collin's car suddenly went out of control, veered off the road and collided with a ditch. That collision sent the vehicle somersaulting into a nearby field where it burst into flames.

A number of residents from neighbouring homes saw the flames and immediately rushed to the scene to help but they were forced back by the heat.

The emergency services were called and the first garda, ambulance and fire brigade units arrived on the scene within minutes. Two units of the fire brigade brought the fire under control while gardaí closed off the approach roads from Ardfert an Abbeydorney.

In the immediate aftermath of the crash Gardaí also searched neighbouring fields using infra red lights to check if anyone else had been involved in the accident or had been thrown from the vehicle.

Mr Collins was pronounced dead at the scene and shortly before midnight his body was removed to Kerry General Hospital, while a forensic examination of the scene continued into the night and resumed the following morning as the road remained closed.

The car was removed from the scene on Monday afternoon, after which gardaí re-opened the road to traffic. Gardaí in Tralee are appealing to anyone who may have witnessed the accident to contact them.

Tralee Gardaí say they are keeping an open mind as to the cause of the accident and they are very keen to speak to anyone who may have been driving in the area between 8.15pm and 8.50pm on Sunday evening.

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