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Monday 20 January 2020

Father-of-two killed in accident in Mayo 'just minutes after dropping child at school'

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

Allison Bray

A close-knit village in Co Mayo is in mourning today following the tragic death of a local father-of-two who died in a road traffic accident yesterday - just minutes after dropping a child to school.

The man, aged in his 50s, has not been named pending notification of next of kin.

However, local councillor Michael Holmes, from Mulranny, Co Mayo, confirmed that the deceased is a local man who works in the area and was well known and liked by local residents.

It’s understood he had just dropped a child to school during the morning school run around 9am when the tragedy occurred.

The accident happened on the N59 main Mulranny to Newport Road when his vehicle struck a stationary trailer parked in a lay-by.

Mr Holmes said the stretch of road where the accident occurred is a straight road and no other vehicle was involved.

One possibility being investigated is that the driver may have suffered a heart attack or some other health condition that caused him to veer off the road.

A manager at the man’s workplace said that “everyone is numb” with grief.

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