Wednesday 21 August 2019

Irishman killed in 11-car-collision in Australia

The crash happened north of Sydney
The crash happened north of Sydney
Robin Schiller

Robin Schiller

AN Irishman has been killed following a major road traffic collision in Australia.

The 36-year-old, who is understood to have been working as a tradesman, died following an 11-car pile up in Sydney at around 5.30am local time today.

A spokesperson for the Department of Foreign Affairs said: “We are aware of the case and providing consular assistance.”

Five people were taken to hospital for treatment following the crash and all drivers underwent mandatory drug and alcohol testing.

The fatal road collision happened in the Wentworthville area of the city and New South Wales police are carrying out an investigation into the tragedy.

They are also appealing for the driver of a vehicle who fled the scene of the collision to come forward.

Crash Investigation Unit Commander, Inspector Katie Orr, said that police "want to speak with this driver to find what they know about the events leading up to the crash".

Investigators are not suggesting the driver of the unknown vehicle caused the crash, but they do believe the individual may have information which may clarify the circumstances surrounding the incident.

"We also want to speak with any drivers who may have witnessed the crash and left the area or have relevant dash-cam footage," Inspector Orr said.

A NSW Police spokesperson said it was a "massive job" for emergency services due to the serious nature of the accident.

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