Wednesday 13 December 2017

Mother and teenage daughter killed in Mayo car crash

Steven McCaffery

A night out for four teenage girls has turned to tragedy after a 14-year-old and her mother died in a car crash in Co Mayo last night.

The 40-year-old driver and her daughter, who was a front seat passenger, died when their car overturned and ended up in a stream outside Ballina at around 9pm.

They have been named locally as Sandra and Rachel Herbert from Knockmore.

Two 14-year-olds and a 13-year-old girl who were in the backseat escaped from the vehicle and raised the alarm.

They were taken to hospital and are being treated for injuries which are not believed to be life threatening.

Gardai are still investigating, but local sources said it is believed the four teenage friends may have been on their way to a disco when the accident happened.

The car left the road at Rathbaun, Cloghans, near Ballina. The area has been sealed off for forensic examination.

It is understood the vehicle was largely submerged in the stream. No other vehicle was involved.

The injured teenagers were able to get out of the car and are said to have telephoned for help.

The mother and daughter, who have not yet been named, were pronounced dead at the scene.

It has not been determined if weather conditions were a factor in the accident, but large parts of the country were hit by overnight frost.

Gardai are appealing for anyone with information to contact them at Ballina Garda Station, 096-20560.

The deaths bring the total of people who died on Irish roads in the last 24 hours to five.

Three men died yesterday in separate accidents in counties Offaly, Donegal and Waterford.

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