Man killed and two women seriously injured in crash
A man was killed and two women were seriously injured in a road crash in Co Monaghan yesterday.
Three vehicles were involved in the fatal collision, which happened on the N2 near Tirnaneill, between Monaghan town and Emyvale.
The man who died was aged in his 30s and was alone in his BMW car when the collision happened at about 12.20pm.
His car was involved in a head-on crash with a Volkswagen Tiguan car, which was being driven by a woman in her 30s. Her passenger was in her 60s. Both were seriously injured.
Following the impact, one of the cars collided with a Volkswagen Caddy van. A man who was driving the van was said to be shocked but uninjured.
Local people said they were informed the man who died was a foreign national.
The crash caused shock in the area. "I heard a very loud bang as I sat in my kitchen," said Sheila Murphy (76), a mother of four who lives nearby.
"My neighbours came out of their houses to offer help. I went to the scene and I helped direct the traffic. The gardaí came very quickly. We heard that the woman was driving with her aunt."
The older woman is believed to be from Co Donegal, said local people. "There were three fire engines and two ambulances. It's terribly sad that a man lost his life. Everyone is hoping the women will recover soon," Mrs Murphy said.
The injured women were taken to Cavan General Hospital.
The road remained closed throughout the day as forensic collision investigators examined the scene. Gardaí in Monaghan appealed for witnesses to the collision to contact them at 047-77200, the garda confidential line on 1800 666111 or any garda station.