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Irishwoman dies in Australia after van goes out of control

POLICE in Australia are investigating the death of an Irishwoman who was killed in a road accident over the weekend, writes Paul Melia.

The Department of Foreign Affairs last night confirmed that the 28-year old woman, believed to be from Cork city, died on Saturday after an accident in the state of Victoria.

The woman was a passenger in a mini-van travelling along the narrow Kenley Road near the town of Swan Hill at around 5pm when it pulled over to allow a truck to pass.

Police believe the driver of the mini-van lost control in gravel and it rolled into a ditch, throwing two women from the vehicle. The unnamed Irish woman died at the scene, while a 25-year-old woman was taken to hospital with pelvic and hip injuries.

Four men with minor injuries were taken to hospital, but a fifth man was unhurt.

Victoria police spokesman Senior Constable Wayne Wilson said the 28-year-old woman died at the accident scene.

"The driver pulled over to the left-hand side of the road, so an eastbound truck could go past," he said.

"It's believed the driver has hit some gravel and lost control, it's rolled over and a 28-year-old woman and a 25-year-old were ejected from the van.''

Police are investigating the accident.

Irish Independent