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Saturday 20 July 2019

'Everyone is devastated' - Young man killed after truck collided with car is named locally

Garda Traffic Corps. Stock picture
Garda Traffic Corps. Stock picture

Gabija Gataveckaite

The man killed in a crash between a car and a truck yesterday has been named locally.

Philip O’Connor (30s) was killed in a crash between a truck and another vehicle on the M11 in Clogh, Gorey, County Wexford yesterday.

It is understood that Mr O'Connor had been working for a multinational in Kildare, but was originally from Wexford.

Mr O’Connor’s car was caught fire as a result of the collision, and he did not survive. The male occupant of the truck was uninjured.

A man (50s) who was arrested in connection with the crash yesterday and was held in custody at Gorey garda station has now been released without charge.

A file will be prepared for the Director of Public Prosecutions and investigations are currently ongoing.

The local community has been left reeling after the incident.

Local councillor Willie Kavanagh said that Mr O’Connor was a constituent in his area and that the incident has rocked the community.

“It’s a big shock for the community,” he told Independent.ie.

“It’s a small parish and a close knit community and everyone is devastated.”

Councillor Anthony Donohoe said that it was a 'tragic event'.

"It's a tragic event for the family involved, a tragic incident," he said.

"I send my deepest sympathies to the family of the young man," he added.

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