Wednesday 18 July 2018

Five dead and five injured in 48 hours of carnage on Irish roads

  • Man in his eighties fatally injured in Cork crash last night
  • Separately, two people killed in Cork and Mayo in separate accidents yesterday
  • N71 in Cork closed last night following 'serious collision'
  • Elderly couple killed in crash between car and lorry in Limerick on Wednesday
The scene of the crash in Mayo. Picture: Paul Mealey
The scene of the crash in Mayo. Picture: Paul Mealey

Luke Byrne and David Raleigh

Five people are dead and five people have been injured after 48 hours of carnage on the roads.

Five elderly people and a child were among those involved in a series of separate accidents across the country in the last two days.

The tragedies bring to 71 the number of people who have been killed on Irish roads this year, three more than this time last year.

In total, 37 drivers have been killed while 15 pedestrians have lost their lives.

Yesterday evening, an 80-year-old man was killed and a 10-year-old child was injured when they were involved in a two-car collision in Cork.

The incident occurred on the N71 at Bawnshanaclogh, Ballydehob at approximately 9.50pm.

The man's body was removed to Cork University Hospital for a post-mortem, while his 10-year-old passenger was taken to hospital with non life-threatening injuries.

The other driver, a 42-year-old man, was the sole occupant of his vehicle and received minor injuries.

The road is currently closed and local diversions are in place.

Garda Forensic Collision Investigators will conduct their investigations this morning.

Meanwhile, at around 8.15am yesterday, the car in which Margaret Hanley and her husband Jack Hanley were travelling went out of control.

The vehicle was travelling down a steep hill on the Ballyhooley Road, at the junction with Gordon’s Hill, Mayfield, Co Cork, when it collided with struck the gate post of a house.

Mr Hanley, who was in his 70s, was killed in the accident, while his wife, also in her 70s, was injured. It is understood they had been travelling from the Monard area when the crash occurred.

“They are very well known in the area. Margaret used to work at the site where the Frank O’Connor Library is now, back when it was a supermarket a good few years back now,” said one local man.

In a separate incident yesterday, a woman named locally as Martha King, who was in her 60s, died in a traffic collision that occurred on the Westport Road (N5) outside Castlebar, Co Mayo, at around 8.30am.

It is understood the two-car crash occurred when one of the vehicles crossed the road.

Ms King was removed to Mayo University Hospital and was pronounced dead a short time later. 

The second driver, a man in his mid-30s, was also removed to Mayo University Hospital with minor injuries. 

An elderly couple were killed in a head-on collision between a car and an oil lorry on the main Limerick to Tipperary Road on Wednesday.

Christopher Scullane (84) and his wife Mary Ellen (70) are understood to have travelled from their home in Leamington Spa, in Warwickshire, England, to visit a sick relative.

The driver of the lorry was injured in the sudden crash around 10.30am.

The man, in his 40s, was taken by ambulance to University Hospital Limerick but his injuries were not thought to be life-threatening.

Gardaí said the collision took place on the N24 at Gortnadromin near the village of Dromkeen.

Emergency services were called to the site of the crash, but the occupants of the car were both pronounced dead at the scene a short time later.

The N71 in Cork was also closed late last night following a serious collision between Ballydehob and Bantry.

A garda spokesman said the incident happened at around 9pm and no further information is available at this time.

Earlier this week, a 53-year-old woman died after being struck by a car in front of her eight-year-old niece.

Mary Twomey died after a car crashed into her in Tipperary on Monday night.

The tragic incident happened on the old N8 Mitchelstown to Cahir Road at Kilcoran, Co Cork, at approximately 8.20pm.

A Garda investigation into the incident is under way, and officers are appealing for anyone who witnessed the crash to contact them.

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