Victims identified: Three members of the one family - including boy (7) - among those killed in day of carnage on Irish roads
- Victims of Mayo crash identified as woman, her son and mother
- Two American tourists killed in Co Cork crash
Three members of the one family - one of them a child - have died this afternoon in a road crash near Claremorris, Co Mayo.
It brings to five the number of lives lost on Irish roads today, with two US tourists in their 60s dying in a separate incident in Cork earlier today.
In Mayo the three victims were two women a boy who were the occupants of a car which collided with a truck on the N17 shortly before 1pm.
The victims of the horrific accident were named locally last night as Marcella Wilson, in her 40s, who lived in Belmullet, her son, Sean (7), and her mother Mary Ann, in her 70s.
The truck driver was uninjured.
The collision occurred about a mile from Claremorris near the junction with what is known as the old Ballindine road.
Emergency services rushed to the scene but there was nothing they could do to save the three victims.
Diversions are in place this afternoon on the N17 Sligo to Galway road as gardai carry out a forensic examination of the scene and the crash vehicles.
One man said he couldn’t put into words how well respected and kind-hearted the Wilson family were.
“Marcella came from such a well-rounded family and was the type of woman who would do anything for anyone. It’s just so sad that this had to happen and the whole town is devastated.
“The little boy (Sean) was only in school today and it was just a normal day for him, like any other. My son is in his class and it was through him that I found out what happened.
“It’s going to be a long time until we get over this – they were all blessings in this town,” he said.
An acquaintance of Marcella said the festive atmosphere in the Belmullet has completely disappeared.
“What can you say at a time like this? They were just the nicest people in the world and I’m just numb with shock.
“The whole town was so excited about the match, but now we’ve all been plummeted into a state of mourning. I just had to leave my house to clear my head and try come to terms with what happened,” she said.
Another local woman also paid tribute to the Wilson family.
“Everyone knew them in the town and you would never pass by Marcella without having a chat with her. To think that her son was only in school today is just heart-breaking.
“I’ve been crying for most of the day thinking about it… No one here is even thinking of the Mayo match anymore,” she said
Local councillor Tom Connolly this afternoon expressed "total shock" at the loss of life.
"There have been a number of serious accidents at the crash site over the years", he said.
Members of Mayo County Council learned the grim news about the tragedy as they gathered for their monthly meeting in Castlebar this afternoon.
Richard Finn, council cathaoirleach, led a minute's silence in memory of the three deceased at the outset of the session.
"The community is heartbroken over the loss of life and the pain which family and other loved one must now endure", Councillor Finn stated.
Council chief executive Peter Hynes joined in the expression of grief and sympathy.
It comes after two people aged in their 60s died in a crash in Co Cork.
That fatal accident occured on the Mallow Road outside Cork city near the Waterloo junction and involved an articulated lorry and two cars.
The collision took place around 11am not far from the turn-off to Blarney.
Two of those involved suffered multiple injuries and were pronounced dead at the scene before they could be transferred to Cork University Hospital (CUH).
It is understood the deceased are a man and a woman. Initial reports indicated that the deceased are American tourists.
Three others were hurt and transferred to hospital by a fleet of ambulances.
All are understood to be passengers in the two cars involved in the collision. The truck driver was not injured in the incident.
The injured were ferried to Cork hospitals including CUH and the Mercy University Hospital (CUH).
It is not believed that any of the three taken to hospital have life threatening injuries.
Gardaí have closed the section of road involved to assist the work of the emergency services which included four units of Cork fire brigade units and five HSE ambulances.
The northbound section of the N20 Cork-Limerick road has been closed by Waterloo and Blarney.
Gardaí have appealed for witnesses to both collisions to contact them.
More to follow...