Wednesday 21 March 2018

Gardai bid to identify body in car inferno

Tragic: a man died in this car fire on M4 motorway
Tragic: a man died in this car fire on M4 motorway
Allison Bray

Allison Bray

GARDAI are trawling through dental records to confirm the identity of a man whose body was found in a car that apparently caught on fire as he was driving.

The car, believed to be a dark-coloured Opel Zafira, is thought to have caught fire one kilometre from the village of Kinnegad, in Co Westmeath, on the eastbound M4 motorway at around 4pm on Monday.

Gardai and firefighters responded to reports of a car on fire and when they arrived on the scene, a man, believed to be in his early 50s was found dead inside.

Gardai do not believe there is anything suspicious about the incident but are appealing for witnesses.

"We don't really know what happened," a garda spokesman told the Irish Independent.

"There's nothing suspicious but we are looking to establish the facts," he said.

The man's body was burned so badly that gardai will have to use dental records to confirm his identity while a forensic team examines the car to determine the cause of the fire.

"I was one of the first on the scene and the car was absolutely engulfed in flames," a witness said.

"Coming across that was totally shocking," the 33-year-old man added.

Irish Independent

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