Saturday 18 August 2018

Elderly couple killed in horrific head-on crash between car and oil lorry

Emergency workers with the truck and car (covered by red tarpaulin on left) which collided on the N24 outside Dromkeen in Co Limerick. Photo: Press 22
Emergency workers with the truck and car (covered by red tarpaulin on left) which collided on the N24 outside Dromkeen in Co Limerick. Photo: Press 22

David Raleigh

An elderly couple have been killed in a head-on collision between a car and an oil lorry.

The smash on the main Limerick to Tipperary Road yesterday afternoon has left the local community in shock.

The English couple, a man in his 80s and woman in her 70s, were killed and the driver of the lorry was injured in the sudden crash around 10.30am.

Gardaí said the collision took place on the N24 at Gortnadromin near the village of Dromkeen.

Emergency services were called to the site of the crash, but the occupants of the car were both pronounced dead at the scene a short time later. It is understood they had been visiting Ireland from their home in Britain.

The driver of the lorry, a man in his 40s, was taken by ambulance to University Hospital Limerick, but his injuries not thought to be life threatening.

Fine Gael councillor Gerald Mitchell said the accident "is a terribly sad misfortune and a huge shock to the community".

"No one expects things like this to happen, so when they do it's always incredibly tragic. My sympathies go out to the families and loved ones of those involved. I can only imagine the pain they are going through," Mr Mitchell said.

The scene was yesterday examined by Garda Forensic Collision Investigators and local divisional scene of crime officers.

Fianna Fáil councillor Eddie Ryan said the accident was "truly tragic".

He added: "I understand the car was completely under the lorry, just a terrible accident." Mr Mitchell urged drivers in the area to "take extreme caution" when driving on the N24.

Gardaí in Bruff are appealing for witnesses to the collision and are asking any- one with information to contact them on 061-382940 or the Garda Confidential Line 1800-666111.

Irish Independent

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