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Sunday 17 December 2017

Gardaí investigating if 'sat nav' device directed those in fatal crash

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Independent.ie Newsdesk

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Gardai investigating a fatal crash are examining whether the deceased may have been using a satellite navigation device which directed them to cross the road.

Tourists James Baker (62) from Columbia City, Indiana and Peggy Sue Adams (59) from Delphos, Ohio were both fatally injured when they were involved in a collision with a truck at the Waterloo Junction on the main N20 near Blarney, Cork.

Their hired Skoda Octavia being driven by Ms Adams' husband, Jack (67).

Gardaí are now investigating if a satellite navigation device directed them to cross the outbound lane of traffic from Cork as the shortest way to get to the tourist village of Blarney, the Corkman reports.

Garda inquiries have revealed a previous collision at the same location where motorists escaped serious injury after they were impacted when using a sat nav on the same route.

The possibility the Americans were using a sat nav for directions is just one line of inquiry into their investigation into the cause of the collision.

Both Mr Baker, who was a front seat passenger, and Ms Adams, who was sitting behind him in the rear seat, were fatally injured when the left side of the car took the brunt of the impact and Mr Adams and Mr Baker's wife, Deborah (60) received serious but non-life-threatening injuries.

The car was travelling from Mallow towards Cork and was turning right across traffic coming from Cork to descend the Kiln Hill towards Waterloo when it was in collision with the truck which was coming from Cork towards Mallow.

Corkman

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