TWO people, including a lorry driver who became trapped in his vehicle, have died following separate accidents over the weekend.
A man named locally as Dermot Harte (39) from Carrigallen, Co Leitrim, died when the tanker he was driving struck a ditch and left the road.
The single vehicle accident occurred at 9.20am yesterday on a notoriously bad bend at Drummora, Crossdoney, Co Cavan. Mr Harte was delivering milk to the Lakeland Dairy company when the accident occurred on the R199 Crossdoney to Killeshandra Road.
Emergency services spent a number of hours attempting to free him from the vehicle.
Mr Harte, a father-of-two, was very well known and respected in the community. He is survived by his wife Deirdre and a son and daughter.
Local priest Fr Dennis Murray said: "It is an absolute tragedy and so sad for his young family. One of his children made their Confirmation recently and the other was making their Holy Communion. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family."
Fianna Fail Councillor Paddy O'Rourke described Mr Harte as a "close personal friend".
"I, like everybody else here, am completely shocked and shaken by this tragedy. I have known Dermot all my life. He was an extremely hardworking man . . . he was dedicated to his family and my thoughts and prayers are with them now," he said.
Mr Harte, a former agricultural contractor was one of seven brothers.
Meanwhile, gardai are investigating a fatal collision which occurred at Kilmalaw, Kilconnell, near Ballinasloe, Co Galway, at around 2.40pm yesterday.
The collision involved a cyclist in his early 50s who died at the scene and was removed to Portiuncula Hospital.
The man was named locally as Ambrose Dwyer who was single and who was a sheep farmer.
Gardai are appealing to any witnesses to contact Ballinasloe garda station on 090 9631890.