Thursday 22 August 2019

Irish man killed after car struck by train in Australia - just weeks before he was due to fly home for Christmas

The area in western Australia where the accident happened
The area in western Australia where the accident happened

John Fallon

Tributes have been paid to a Galway man who has died in a road traffic accident in Australia.

Ger Scully, who was 30, was killed when his car was in collision with a road train in Western Australia.

The accident happened shortly before 6pm local time on Sunday evening at South Hedland and his family are being comforted at their home at Woodpark in Annaghdown in Galway.

Mr Scully worked in the mines in Australia, having emigrated a few years ago and was due to come home for Christmas.

Mr Scully, who died at the scene, had planned to leave Western Australia next week and come home via Vietnam.

Cllr Mary Hoade said that the community in Annaghdown and surrounding areas is in shock over the death of the popular young man.

“The whole community of Annaghdown is shocked and saddened at the sudden and untimely death of a popular young man.

“They are a very well respected family and would be very popular in the community. Our thoughts and prayers are with them,” said Cllr Hoade.

Mr Scully is survived by his parents Paddy and Bridie, two brothers and two sisters.

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