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Tuesday 12 December 2017

One dead, several injured in series of road crashes

Kathryn Hayes and Anita Guidera

A 25-year-old man was killed and several people were injured, five of them seriously, in a series of accidents across the country.

The victim was fatally injured shortly after 4pm when the van in which he was travelling crashed into a ditch.

The driver, a 36-year-old man, was also injured in the accident, which occurred at Traverston, Dolla, Co Tipperary.

The injured victim was taken to the Mid Western Regional Hospital in Limerick, where he was pronounced dead. A post-mortem examination is due to take place today.

In Co Sligo, a woman and two men in their 20s suffered serious injuries in a single-vehicle crash in the early hours of yesterday morning.

The accident happened on the Ballisodare slip road off the N4, just south of Sligo town at around 12.30am.

The BMW in which the three were travelling left the road and glanced off a lamp post, crashing through crash barriers before it ended up in a field.

Emergency fire and ambulance crews removed the injured from the mangled wreckage and treated them at the scene.

All three were taken to Sligo General Hospital, where the two men remained in a serious condition.

The injured woman later underwent emergency surgery in Beaumont Hospital in Dublin and was described as being in a critical condition.

The three, who are from the Leitrim/Sligo area, are believed to have been on their way to Ballina when the crash occurred.

In Co Limerick, four people were taken to hospital after a three-car collision that also took place around 4pm yesterday.

One of the injured men was in a critical condition last night.

The collision took place at Kilduff outside Pallasgreen in Co Limerick shortly after 4pm. A woman and three men were taken to hospital.

All of the injured parties, some of whom were trapped in their vehicles, were taken to the Mid Western Regional Hospital in Limerick.

In Dublin, gardai have appealed for witnesses after a female cyclist was seriously injured in a road traffic collision at Wood Quay yesterday.

The woman, who is her mid-20s, sustained serious injuries following a collision with an articulated lorry at the junction of Winetavern Street and Wood Quay at about 7.20am.

Meanwhile, gardai are investigating a hit-and-run incident that resulted in a woman in her 30s receiving minor head injuries after being knocked down by a motorbike after it had mounted a footpath.

The incident occurred yesterday afternoon at around 3.45pm on the main street in Wicklow Town.

Irish Independent

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