Five-month-old Martin killed after dad's car skidded on black ice
A family shopping trip ended in tragedy after a five-month-old baby boy died in a horrific car crash.
Little Martin Corcoran was in a car with his parents and three-year-old sister when it went out of control and hit a crash barrier on the Athlone by-pass in Co Westmeath yesterday afternoon.
Members of his family said last night that the family's Renault Laguna went out of control after it skidded on black ice and then slammed into the barrier.
The infant suffered serious injuries in the crash and was rushed to Portiuncula Hospital in Ballinasloe, where he was pronounced dead.
The baby's heartbroken parents, Martin Snr and Elizabeth, who are both aged in their late 20s, were treated for shock and were being comforted by family last night.
The couple's daughter Isabelle (3) was also injured in the crash and was taken to Portiuncula. She is said to have suffered non-life threatening injuries.
A relative, who did not wished to be named, last night said the family are "devastated".
"They're up in the hospital all day. The other child is very sick.
"They were going to Athlone, and they were going from there to Tullamore.
"They were just doing some shopping. They were coming off the motorway on to the slip road and next thing they came across black ice," he said.
"The boy's father Martin is a good lad. There's a big family there, and they're very, very quiet lads," he added.
The family are from Dunlo Hill, near Creggaun, outside Ballinasloe.
The crash occurred at around 2.15pm when the car veered off the N6 Athlone by-pass on the hard shoulder, striking the crash barrier.
Martin Snr was driving the car, Elizabeth was in the front passenger seat while Martin Jnr was in his baby seat in the back seat alongside his sister.
The side of the car took the brunt of the impact with the continuous barrier just after the Roscommon exit of the road.
The crew of a passing Order of Malta ambulance tried to resuscitate Martin until an ambulance arrived, which rushed him to Portiuncula Hospital.
The eastbound Athlone by-pass between Junctions 13 and 11 was closed for more than four hours and local diversions put in place while garda forensic collision investigators examined the scene.
Local sources said the Corcorans are only married a few years and Martin Jnr and his sister are their only children.
Elizabeth is said to originally be from Dublin, while Martin is from Ballinasloe.
"The whole area is in absolute shock at this tragedy," said local councillor Dermot Connolly.
"I want to issue condolences to the family concerned on losing their baby boy," he added.
Gardaí are appealing for any witnesses to the crash to contact Athlone Garda Station on 090 - 6498550, the Garda Confidential Telephone line 1800 666 111 or any Garda Station.