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Sunday 20 May 2018

Five killed on roads in holiday weekend carnage

Emergency services at the scene of yesterday's crash on the N18.
Emergency services at the scene of yesterday's crash on the N18.

Allison Bray and Pat Flynn

FIVE people lost their lives in road crashes over the bank holiday weekend, adding to the toll of the worst month on Irish roads this year.

Their deaths bring to 32 the number of people killed in road traffic crashes during May.

The Garda Siochana Ombudsman Commission (GSOC) is investigating an accident that left a motorcyclist seriously injured yesterday.

An inspector from the GSOC was called to the scene at Killula on the main N18 Ennis to Limerick road yesterday after a man, in his 40s, collided with another motorcyclist at a garda traffic corps check point.

The other motorcyclist was not injured.The accident occurred when gardai ordered the motorcyclists to pull over and one of them appears to have cut across the other as they were slowing.

The accident reduced southbound traffic to one lane for much of the day yesterday as gardai and the GSOC conducted separate investigations.

There was another collision involving motorcyclists on Sunday. A man was killed when he collided with another motorcyclist on the N87 Belturbet to Ballyconnell road in Ballyconnell, Co Cavan.

The motorcyclist, in his 30s, was pronounced dead at 7:25pm. The other driver was not seriously injured. Gardai are appealing for any witnesses to come forward.

Three others were also killed over the long weekend.

A man in his 20s was killed on Saturday morning following a collision with three other cars at Pike Bridge on the main Maynooth to Leixlip Road in Co Kildare.

Two others were killed on Friday within an hour of each other at the start of the bank holiday weekend. A Malaysian was killed at 6pm after the car he was in collided with two other cars on the N69 between Limerick and Kerry at Kildimo, Co Limerick. The deceased was named yesterday as Wai Kit Kwong (23), of Shandon Street, Cork. Half an hour later, a woman in her 50s was killed when the rented car she was driving collided with another car in Bahola, Co Mayo.

The deaths bring to 112 the number of people killed on our roads so far this year.

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