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Friday 6 December 2019

Lorry driver killed in horror smash was to get married in March

Tragedy: Declan Holian
Tragedy: Declan Holian

Stephen Maguire and Mark O'Regan

One of the two lorry drivers killed in a head-on collision involving two trucks had been due to get married.

Declan 'Decky' Holian (30) from Barrack, Co Donegal, was due to marry his fiancée Lorraine McGarvey in March.

He tragically lost his life alongside a Lithuanian lorry driver, named locally as Klaidas Bakanas, when their two trucks, pulling 40ft trailers, collided on the N2 in Co Monaghan.

Mr Bakanas was living in Carrickmacross, Co Monaghan.

The crash occurred between Carrickmacross and Castleblayney on the N2 Dublin to Monaghan road around 6 o’clock. Pic by Philip Fitzpatrick
The crash occurred between Carrickmacross and Castleblayney on the N2 Dublin to Monaghan road around 6 o’clock. Pic by Philip Fitzpatrick

The crash happened at a bend on the N2, between Carrickmacross and Castleblayney, at approximately 6am yesterday. Emergency services had difficulty in accessing the crash site because the load on each truck was strewn on the roadway. It is believed visibility in the area may have been affected by fog.

The National Ambulance Service said it sent two ambulances, an advanced paramedic and an incident officer to the scene.

Local service station owner, Ray McCaughey, said: "It's hard to know what happened. It's a wide stretch of road."

These latest deaths bring to four the number of people killed on the roads so far this year.

Mr Holian's parents, Issac and Philomena, as well as his four brothers and five sisters, were being comforted by family and friends last night.

His cousin, chairman of Donegal County Council, Councillor Ciaran Brogan, said Mr Holian will be remembered as a young man who was always smiling and who loved trucks from a young age.

"He was always smiling. That's the way people will remember Declan. He was such a good lad. He loved trucks from a young age and he was always talking about trucks and he died as he drove a truck.

"Our thoughts and prayers are with Issac and Philomena and his brothers and sisters as well, of course, with Lorraine. It's a very difficult time for everyone," he said.

Two of Mr Holian's sisters, Philomena and Donna, are making their way back to Ireland from Australia having been told the devastating news.

Mr Holian had worked for local company Sean Hegarty and Sons for a numbers of years and was making a delivery to Dublin when the crash occurred.

Mr Brogan paid tribute to the local trucking community who have come together to support Mr Holian's family.

"The entire community including the trucking community have been so good and it really has hit them hard."

Anyone with any information is asked to contact Carrickmacross Garda Station on 042-9690190, the Garda Confidential Telephone Line 1800 666 111, or any Garda station.

Irish Independent

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