Sunday 15 September 2019

Fireball crash man 'lucky to be alive'

Pictured at the fatal road traffic accident on the N72 outside Dungarvan, Co Waterford. Picture: Picture: Patrick Browne
Pictured at the fatal road traffic accident on the N72 outside Dungarvan, Co Waterford. Picture: Picture: Patrick Browne

Ralph Riegel

A member of the Naval Service who was lucky to escape death along with his partner and her four children in a horrific head-on crash faces spending much of the New Year in hospital.

Gary Fenton (35) revealed in a social media post that it would be weeks before he was able to walk again - and he then faced months in rehabilitation.

Gary Fenton pictured with his partner Mary Bermingham,
Gary Fenton pictured with his partner Mary Bermingham,

Mr Fenton's update on his condition came as he contacted Citroen to say he owed the car giant his life after surviving the crash thanks to the safety features on his French-built vehicle.

Mr Fenton said he was convinced that, but for the safety features on his 2011 C4 Picasso, he might not have survived the crash in Waterford on December 4 along with his partner, Mary Bermingham (37), and her four children, aged from six to 14.

Three men travelling in the other vehicle involved, a small hatchback, died when it exploded in a fireball. The victims were Eamon Dixon (22), Michael Tobin (38), both from Dungarvan, and Ken O'Sullivan (39), from Cork.

Mr Fenton, based in Cobh, Co Cork, with the Naval Service, was driving to Waterford so his partner's children could see the Winterval festival. The collision occurred on the Military Road just after 9am.

In a Facebook post from his hospital bed, Mr Fenton wrote: "What I find astounding is the children had very minor or no injuries at all. However, myself and my partner fared the worst.

"It will be another six weeks at least before we can walk, but we are alive and will get better."

Irish Independent

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