Thursday 23 November 2017

Six die in horrific 24 hours on the roads

The vehicle involved in the accident on the Hartstown Road
The vehicle involved in the accident on the Hartstown Road

Ed Carty

THREE men have died following separate road traffic collisions, bringing the death toll on the country's roads to six in 24 hours.

Early this morning, a 21-year-old man, a passenger in a car, died at the scene of an accident on the Hartstown Road in Dublin after the vehicle hit a tree. The 24-year-old male driver passed away later in hospital.

Yesterday evening, a tractor driver in his 50s was killed when the vehicle overturned on the Cootehill to Mountain Lodge Road in Cavan .

The incidents followed an incident in Co Galway yesterday afternoon when two young sisters Kate and Grace Gilmore were knocked down and killed.

Later, a man in his 30s was killed when his motorbike collided with a car on the R618 near Dripsey in Co Cork.

The accident occurred near Iniscarra Dam, about 10 miles from Cork city, at 2.15pm yesterday.

It is believed that the motorbike the man was riding was in collision with a car in the area.

Gardai are trying to formally identify the man but he is said to be a local in his 30s.

The driver of the car was injured in the collision and is being treated for shock.

It is the second such death in Cork within a week. Neil Kenneally, who was in his 40s and from Blarney Street, Cork, died last week at Upper Glanmire when his motorbike collided with a car.

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