Monday 19 March 2018

Woman in her 70s killed in three-car pile-up

Two killed and several injured in three separate road crashes

Gardaí have launched investigations into three separate road crashes
Gardaí have launched investigations into three separate road crashes

Sam Griffin

Gardaí have launched investigations into three separate road crashes which left two dead and another in a serious condition in hospital.

In Co Kerry, a 57-year-old man died when he fell from a tractor which was returning from a bog.

It is understood the tractor was pulling a trailer carrying turf and the man sustained fatal injuries when he fell from the back of the tractor.

The incident occurred at around 7pm on Saturday at Gortatlea, Mastergeehy, in Killarney, Co Kerry.

The man was named locally as Sean O'Sullivan, a married father who lives in the area.

Gardaí appealed for any witnesses to come forward.

They particularly want to speak to anyone who was travelling on the Waterville to Glencar Road, also known as the Ballaghisheen Road, on Saturday between 6pm and 7.30pm.

Mr O'Sullivan's body was removed to Kerry General Hospital where a post-mortem examination will be carried out.

Anyone with information can call Caherciveen Garda Station at 066-9473600,

Separately, a woman in her 70s was killed in a three-car pile-up in Co Limerick yesterday evening.

The victim was travelling in a car that collided with an oncoming vehicle, after it was initially struck from behind by another vehicle.

Gardaí have appealed for witnesses to the accident, which happened at around 6.30pm on the N21 Newcastle West to Rathkeale road, in the townland of Ballyfrawley.

A number of other people involved in the crash were also rushed to hospital for treatment. Their conditions were unknown last night.

The road was expected to remained closed for a number of hours as investigators examine the scene. Anyone with information is asked to contact Newcastle West garda station on 069 20650.

Elsewhere, a man in his 30s sustained serious injuries in a single vehicle collision which occurred on the Athy to Courtown Road in Co Kildare at around 10pm on Saturday.

He is understood to have been the only person in the car.

The man is from the area and was treated at the scene before being taken to Portlaoise Hospital. He remained in a serious condition last night.

Official figures show 89 people have died so far this year, including the two victims this weekend.

The data includes 17 people who lost their lives on Irish roads in the month of July.

Motorists had been warned to drive with extra care during the heavy rainfall over the weekend.

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