Tuesday 12 December 2017

Car runs over sisters on holiday with family

Edel Kennedy

TWO sisters injured in a car crash at the weekend were on an Easter break with their parents when they were knocked down.

The two girls -- aged six and 10 -- were struck by a car near Mulranny village in Co Mayo, with the younger girl more seriously injured.

The sisters are believed to have been trying to cross the road when they were struck by the car. The car was driven by a local man.

Last night the two Dublin girls remained in Castlebar General Hospital where their condition was described as stable.

Local councillor Michael Holmes said they have been campaigning for years to get footpaths built along the road passing through the busy village.

Mulranny is along the main Westport to Achill route, which is particularly busy in the summer months.

"Only last Wednesday I met with the National Roads Authority and asked for funding for footpaths," said Mr Holmes.


"I told them the route is so dangerous that it's an accident waiting to happen and that it was a question of not if, but when. Unfortunately I've been proven right."

To date, two short footpaths have been completed, but they don't run the length of the village. One 300-metre stretch was built as part of a planning requirement when a new hotel was opened.

A second 100-metre stretch was completed last year but around 500 metres of road going through the town has no footpath.

"There have been an awful lot of minor accidents in the village," added Mr Holmes.

"We've been asking for footpaths since 2001 and we're still waiting."

He said the road going through the town was narrow, "making it impossible for two cars and pedestrians to be on the road at the same time".

"If there are two large vehicles trying to get past each other you can forget about it -- one has to pull in to let the other pass."

Meanwhile, a woman in her 20s was injured in an accident yesterday afternoon outside New Ross, near Glemore in Wexford.

The N25 Wexford to Waterford Road was closed for a time following the collision but was reopened yesterday evening.

Irish Independent

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