Wednesday 21 August 2019

Brother and sister killed in head-on collision

Diversions are in place. Stock photo
Diversions are in place. Stock photo

Brendan Furlong

A brother and sister were killed in a head-on crash on the main New Ross road just outside Wexford yesterday afternoon.

The horrific collision happened on the N25 at Barntown, 5km from Wexford Town.

The victims were named locally as Sylvester Dempsey, aged in his early 50s, and his sister Ann Dempsey, aged in her late 40s. The brother and sister were from Clongeen, Wellingtonbridge, Co Wexford.

They were travelling together in a Renault Clio car coming from Wexford town when their car was involved in a collision with a 4X4 vehicle coming in the opposite direction on a straight stretch of road between Barntown School and Larkin's Cross.

Emergency services, including two vehicles from Wexford Fire Service, went to the scene of the head-on crash at around 1.30pm. The Dempsey siblings were pronounced dead at the scene.

The men in the SUV were taken to Wexford General Hospital for treatment for minor injuries and shock.

The small rural parish of Clongeen was shocked as news of the fatalities broke. Both were well known and respected members of the community.

The N25 was closed between Barntown and Larkin's Cross to allow for forensic examination of the scene. Diversion were put in place on the busy route.

These latest fatalities bring to 129 the number of people killed on Irish roads so far this year.

Gardaí appealed for witnesses, or anyone who may have 'dash cam' footage, to contact Wexford garda station on 053 9165200, the Garda Confidential Telephone Line 1800 666 111 or any garda station.

Irish Independent

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