Sunday 22 April 2018

Father (64) killed after van overturns in road accident

Conor Kane

A man lost his life early yesterday when his van overturned in a crash.

Michael Furlong (64), from Priesthaggard in Campile, Co Wexford, was driving the van in the Oldcourt area of Adamstown, near New Ross, at about 2am.

The van crashed at a bend and ended up on its roof. It is understood that Mr Furlong, who was married with a number of grown-up children, was dead by the time the emergency services arrived at the scene.

There was no one else in the van at the time and no other vehicle involved.

Gardai are investigating the possibility Mr Furlong may have suffered from a medical condition that caused him to lose control of his van.

The scene of the crash was closed for a number of hours while specialists carried out an examination.

Gardai are also trying to establish where Mr Furlong was travelling from.


His remains were brought from the scene to Wexford General Hospital and later transferred to Waterford Regional Hospital for a post-mortem examination.

Mr Furlong was the second person to die on the roads in Co Wexford in the past three days.

Andrew Casey, a grand-nephew of former bishop of Galway Eamon Casey, was killed when he was hit by his own car after it broke down in the early hours of Saturday morning.

Mr Casey's car broke down at Ardcanvass Bridge in Killurin and, after he travelled by taxi back to his home, he returned to the area by bicycle with the intention of restarting his car. However, an oncoming vehicle struck his broken-down car and it hit Andrew Casey, causing fatal injuries.

His remains were brought from Macken's Funeral Home to St Alphonsus Church, Barntown, last night. He will be buried after funeral Mass at noon today.

"It's an awful tragedy, two men to be killed in the space of a couple of days," local councillor Andrew Connick said yesterday.

"It's such a waste."

Irish Independent

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