Sunday 19 November 2017

Father and son killed in day of carnage on our roads

DON LAVERY

Four people -- including a father and son -- have been killed on our roads in a series of crashes in a 15-hour period.

Three of the people died in crashes in Co Donegal, which maintained its grim reputation as one of Ireland's accident blackspots, while a motorist also died in Co Laois.

A father and son, from Ramelton, Co Donegal, died yesterday in a two-vehicle collision on the Letterkenny to Derry road at 10.10am.

The dead men, named locally as John Gallagher, 55, and Sean, 24, were killed when their Ford Mondeo collided with a Skoda Octavia at the junction of Slab Road, Burt.

The 59-year-old female driver of the Skoda was taken to Letterkenny Hospital, where she was described as being in a stable condition.

On Friday in Donegal, a pedestrian was struck by a car at about 19.40pm in Carrigart. The 60-year-old male, named as Billy Boyce, from Carrigart, died on his way to hospital.

Gardai warned drivers in Co Donegal to slow down as roads were dangerous following overnight falls of snow.

Yesterday at 8.20am, a 26-year-old man died in a single-car incident. It happened on the southbound lane of the M7 motorway about 15 miles north of Portlaoise.

Anyone with information about the crashes can contact the Garda Confidential Line at 1800-666111.

So far this year, 14 people have died on our roads, compared to 18 in January 2009.

Sunday Independent

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