Sunday 18 February 2018

Mother-of-three and teenager killed in car crash this evening

Witnesses are being sought to the fatal accident
Witnesses are being sought to the fatal accident

Greg Harkin and Denise Calnan

A mother of three and a teenager have lost their lives in a car crash in Donegal on Wednesday afternoon.

The woman and the teenager, originally from Tallaght, Dublin, were killed after the single vehicle crash on the outskirts of Ballybofey.

The accident happened at around 4.30pm on a sweeping bend on the Glenfin Road, outside Ballybofey, around 800 metres from Jackson's Hotel.

A third person in the car - a male driver - was injured and was being treated at Letterkenny University Hospital after the 4.15pm incident.

The 19-year-old woman was pronounced dead at the scene, while the 38-year-old woman was brought to Letterkenny University Hospital and was later pronounced dead.

The car they were travelling in left the road, collided with a pole and came to a stop in a parking area for trucks.

A steel lamp post ended up more than 50 metres away after being struck by the car.

Road conditions were wet in the area at the time after a day of torrential rain.

The car was travelling towards Glenfin.

It's understood the deceased women lived in a housing estate on the outskirts of Ballybofey.

A Garda spokesman said: "We would ask anyone who saw this vehicle in the Ballybofey area this afternoon to contact gardaí in Letterkenny on 0749161700."

The road has been sealed off for a full forensic examination.

Today is 'European Day Without A Road Death'.

The initiative, organised by TISPOL, the traffic police network in Europe, is aimed at having no road fatalities across Europe on Wednesday.

Following today's tragedy, there have already been 136 deaths on Irish roads in 2016 - 22 more than in the same period last year.

RSA director Pearse White emphasised that road safety was a shared responsibility.

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