Sunday 9 December 2018

Female cyclist dies after crash at Irish beauty spot

Gap of Dunloe, County Kerry, Ireland
Gap of Dunloe, County Kerry, Ireland

Cathal McMahon

A female cyclist has died following a collision at a Co Kerry beauty spot.

The woman, an American tourist in her 60s, was cycling at the Gap of Dunloe near Killarney when the incident happened at approximately 3pm.

The woman's bicycle is said to have collided with a 4x4 vehicle that was towing a trailer.

Emergency services were called but the woman was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver of the  4 X 4 vehicle was uninjured.

The road has been closed to allow for a technical examination.

Investigating Gardaí are appealing for witnesses. Anyone with information is asked to contact Killarney Garda Station 064 6671160 the Garda Confidential Line 1800 666 111 or any Garda Station.

At the weekend a 54-year-old male cyclist was airlifted to hospital after he collided with a car.

The incident took place at approximately 4.45pm on Sunday near Ballina, Co Mayo.

Gardaí say a 54-year-old male cyclist and a car were in collision on the R134 at Rathroeen.

Paramedics attended the scene but the victim's injuries were so serious that a decision was taken to transfer him by helicopter to hospital.

The cyclist was eventually brought to Mayo University Hospital, Castlebar.

In a statement gardaí described his injuries as "critical".

A total of nine cyclists, including the woman killed today, have been killed on Irish roads in 2017. In 2016, six cyclists died.

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