Wednesday 23 January 2019

Man (61) dies after collision between car and lorry

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Robin Schiller

Robin Schiller

A 61-year-old man died and another man was hospitalised following a road traffic collision between a car and a lorry in Co Mayo.

The incident occurred yesterday on the N5 near Swinford.

The two-vehicle collision occurred at approximately 3.40pm in the Carrabawn area, and the driver of the car was pronounced dead at the scene.

A male passenger, aged in his 20s, was transferred by ambulance to Mayo University Hospital in Castlebar.

The driver of the lorry involved in the collision was uninjured.

A Garda spokesman said that a post-mortem examination was due to take place and that the local coroner had been notified.

The road remained closed overnight to facilitate forensic investigators. Diversions were in place, and the road was expected to reopen this afternoon.

Gardaí in Claremorris have appealed for anyone with information to contact them on (094) 937 2080.

Yesterday's fatality brings to 19 the number of people who have been killed on Irish roads so far this year.

Six pedestrians and 10 drivers have lost their lives in the first two months of 2018, while a cyclist and a vehicle passenger have also died as a result of road traffic collisions.

The figure is a slight reduction from the 21 fatalities on Irish roads in the same period last year.

Irish Independent

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