Monday 23 October 2017

Miraculous escape for baby in crash that killed mum

Mark O'Regan

Mark O'Regan

A young mother of two died after she was involved in a head-on collision just minutes after dropping her five-year-old son to school.

Miraculously, Cathy Maguire's other son, Calum (1), suffered only minor injuries and was brought to hospital along with the driver of the second vehicle, who was also treated for minor injuries.

Ms Maguire (23), from Riverstown, near Dundalk, was driving to a friend's house having dropped her eldest son Matthew to Mullaghbuoy National School shortly before 10am on Monday.

Calum was in his baby car seat in the back. When she turned on to a notoriously dangerous stretch of road at Glenmore, Riverstown, she collided with an oncoming car.

Emergency

Emergency services called the Coast Guard helicopter to airlift her to Daisy Hill Hospital in Newry, Co Down.

While it is understood she briefly regained consciousness there, her condition quickly deteriorated and she died late on Monday night.

Calum and the driver of the other car were taken to Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital in Drogheda, Co Louth.

Ms Maguire was a full-time mother to her two sons while her husband Seamus works as a lorry driver.

The driver of the other vehicle is understood to have been travelling to a funeral at the time of the collision.

Anyone with information on the crash is asked to contact Dundalk garda station on 042 9388400.

Meanwhile, a woman cyclist died yesterday after she was involved in a collision with a bus in Thurles, Co Tipperary.

Theresa Crowley (63), from Ard na Croise in Thurles, was killed shortly before 9am on Kickham Street.

The Kickham Street/Cathedral Street junction was closed for a number of hours after the accident and traffic restrictions were put in place.

Gardai in Thurles are appealing for witnesses and can be contacted on 0504 25100.

Irish Independent

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