Tuesday 20 August 2019

Boy (5) and man killed as three others rushed to hospital after collision involving truck and car

Gardai are investigating a fatal road traffic accident on the N80 outside Killeigh in Offaly
Picture: Arthur Carron
Gardai are investigating a fatal road traffic accident on the N80 outside Killeigh in Offaly Picture: Arthur Carron
Gardai are investigating a fatal road traffic accident on the N80 outside Killeigh in Offaly Picture: Arthur Carron
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Ralph Riegel and Allison Bray

A YOUNG boy and a man (30s) died in a collision this evening.

A girl was also airlifted to hospital, while two other adults were hospitalised for their injuries.

A car and a truck collided in Offaly on the N80 road between Tullamore and Mountmellick at around 5pm this evening.

The male driver of the car and a five-year-old boy who was a passenger, tragically lost their lives in the crash.

Gardai are investigating a fatal road traffic accident on the N80 outside Killeigh in Offaly
Picture: Arthur Carron
Gardai are investigating a fatal road traffic accident on the N80 outside Killeigh in Offaly Picture: Arthur Carron

A young girl was airlifted to Crumlin Children’s Hospital with life threatening injuries and a man who was also a passenger in the car has been taken to the Midland Regional Hospital in Tullamore.

The driver of the truck was also brought to the Midland Regional Hospital in Tullamore with minor injuries.

The crash occurred between Scrubb Cross and Killeigh.

The road is currently closed and diversions are in place.

A local man who lives about 150 metres from the crash site, said: "I was here at home around 5pm and I heard a bang. When I went outside I saw (on the side of  the road) and the driver out (of the cab) with a phone in his hand'" he told The Irish Independent last night.

"I thought no more of it until a bystander said he thought there was a fatality."

Despite a series of heavy rainshowers throughout the day yesterday, the man said the weather was fine at the time of the accident.

Although the accident occured at the top of a hill, he said that stretch of road is not considered hazardous, although the N80 is a very busy road, especially between 5 and 6pm.

Local resident Rob Kelly, who lives just outside the village, agreed the stretch of road where the accident happened is very busy at rush hour, but does not pose any hazards.

"From Tullamore it's a good road. It's level and well surfaced," he said.

He said the accident is the first serious one of its kind in the area.

"It's unusual," he said.

However news of the deaths and injuries came as a shock to local residents.

"It's a tragedy," he said.

Fr Shane Crombie, a priest at the Church of the Assumption in Tullamore, said he believes the accident victims are from outside the parish.

He said the tragic loss of life and injuries came as a shock to everyone in the local area.

"Our prayers go to to the families. The whole community will be offering their prayers and thoughts to the families involved," he said.

Witnesses are asked to contact Tullamore Garda Station on 0579327600, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111 or any Garda Station.

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