Wednesday 21 February 2018

Gardaí check truck data to make sure brakes taken

The scene of the crash in which Nicola died. Photo: Dylan Vaughan
The scene of the crash in which Nicola died. Photo: Dylan Vaughan

Conor Feehan, Barry Duggan and Tom Brady

Gardaí investigating the death of a mother who gave birth to her first child at the weekend are examining a truck driver's records to ensure all driving periods and rest breaks were adhered to.

Nicola Kenny (26), from Thurles in Co Tipperary, was travelling to Dublin on Monday after her day-old daughter Lily-Rose was transferred to Temple Street hospital because of concerns for her health.

While making the journey to Dublin, Nicola, who was with her mother Ann and aunt Irene, who was driving the car, received a phone call from the hospital.

Irene pulled in to the hard shoulder to allow Nicola take the call.

On the phone, she was told the good news that Lily-Rose was recovering well and was about to be transferred back to Clonmel hospital where she was born.

It was just after the phone conversation ended when a truck smashed into the back of the car, killing back-seat passenger Nicola, and injuring her mother and aunt.

The crash happened at 12.25pm in the northbound side of the M8 between junctions 9 and 10 near Dogstown.

Nicola's mother received a broken arm and a shoulder injury in the impact but is now back at the family home grieving for her daughter.

Nicola's aunt is in the intensive care unit of University Hospital Limerick.

She was reported to have suffered multiple injuries.

The driver of the truck was arrested at the scene in relation to the crash and later released.

A file is being prepared to be sent to the Director of Public Prosecutions on the matter.

Gardaí are examining the truck's tachograph to ensure the driver took all appropriate rest periods while driving.

Tachographs are instruments that measure the amount of time a driver is on the road.

They are fitted in the cabs of trucks and are used to monitor compliance with driver hours legislation. Digital tachographs became mandatory in new commercial lorries and buses in May 2006.

Irish Independent

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