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Tuesday 24 April 2018

College pays tribute to tragic bus driver: 'He was a great friend to our GAA Club'

Cork University Hospital
Cork University Hospital

The driver of a bus which crashed in Waterford last night has died.

The crash occurred on the N25 at Grange, Ardmore, Co. Waterford at around 10.10pm yesterday.

Some 29 passengers were on board. The CIT camogie team were on board the bus at the time of the crash. All passengers were uninjured.

The crash occurred when the bus left the road and entered a field. There was no other vehicle involved, a garda spokesperson said.

The driver of the bus, named as Seamus McCarthy who is in his 70s, was taken to Cork University Hospital where he was pronounced dead early this morning.

It is understood that the passengers on board comprised a gaelic team from Cork Institute of Technology, who were returning to Cork.

In a statement today, CIT said: "A bus carrying Cork Institute of Technology senior camogie team was involved in an accident on the way back from a match in Waterford last night. The scene was attended by the Waterford Emergency Services."

"The students were checked out at the scene by emergency personnel and no student needed to be admitted to Hospital. All were subsequently bussed back to CIT.

"Tragically, the coach driver, Mr Seamus McCarthy passed away at the CUH early this morning. Seamus was a great friend to CIT Student GAA Club. CIT offers its sympathies to his wife and family on their sad loss."

"CIT is indebted to Waterford Emergency Services including Fire Brigade, Ambulance Service and Gardaí for the support and assistance given at the scene," the statement said.

Gardai in Dungarvan are investigating the collision.

Gardai are investigating whether the man took ill behind the wheel before the crash.

Gardai have appealed for witnesses to contact Dungarvan Garda Station on 058 48600, The Garda Confidential Telephone Line 1800 666 111 or any Garda Station.

Meanwhile, a man is fighting for his life in hospital after a crash between a motorbike and a bus on Constitution Hill in Dublin's north city in the early hours of the morning.

The collision happened at around 1am near the Broadstone Dublin Bus depot.

Gardai say the crash was between a motorcycle and a bus belonging to Dublin Bus.

The injured man, a Brazilian aged 25, was rushed to the Mater Hospital where he was in a critical condition.

The road was closed to traffic overnight while garda crash investigators assessed the scene.

Diversions were still in place this morning but the road has since reopened.

Gardaí at the Bridewell are appealing for witnesses following the crash.

The driver of the bus, a male in his late 40s, was uninjured. There were no passengers on the bus at the time of the collision.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Bridewell Garda Station 01-6668200 or the Garda Confidential Line 1800 666 111.

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