Thursday 22 March 2018

Gardai identify horror crash dead

Fiona Ellis and Conor Kane

GARDAI were last night finally able to confirm the identities of three men killed in a late-night horror crash on Friday night.

The men died in the collision about two miles from Cashel in south Tipperary.

Gardai spent the weekend piecing together details about the men. Because they were from eastern Europe, they were unable to confirm their identities until yesterday.

It is understood the victims were all from Romania; two were in their late 20s and the third was in his late 30s.

However, their names will not be released until family members have been contacted.

It is not believed the men were related to each other.

The men were travelling south along the old N8 Dublin-Cork road when the crash happened at about 10.50pm on Friday.

The car they were travelling in was badly damaged when it collided with a rigid truck travelling north and ended up buried underneath the truck.

The driver of the truck, from Templemore in Co Tipperary, received minor injuries and was treated at South Tipperary General Hospital in Clonmel before being discharged on Saturday.

Gardai said the truck driver was "traumatised" by what happened. It is understood he told investigators that the Volkswagen Passat containing the three victims went on to the wrong side of the road just before the collision.

Gardai are trying to establish if icy road conditions played a part in the incident, which happened when temperatures were as low as -6C in the area.

Irish Independent

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