Teenager dies in freak accident
A FAMILY walk in the sunshine turned to tragedy yesterday afternoon in the Donegal village of Newtowncunningham when a teenage girl was killed and her younger brother critically injured in a freak accident.
Peter and Noreen Doran and their four children were walking on the hard shoulder of the main Letterkenny to Derry road, less than a mile from their home on the Coalhill Estate, Newtowncunningham when a wheel broke loose from the back of an articulated lorry and careered into three of their children who were walking in front.
The couple and their 18-month-old toddler Darren looked on in horror as the runaway wheel knocked Denise (15), Stacey (8) and Brian (5) to the ground.
Denise was killed instantly and Brian was rushed by helicopter to Beaumont Hospital, Dublin yesterday evening suffering from serious head injuries. His condition is described as critical.
Stacey remains seriously injured in Letterkenny General Hospital where the parents were also treated for shock. According to a hospital spokesperson last night, Stacey's condition is stable.
The accident happened on a wide, straight stretch of road shortly after 4.30pm.
Garda say the rear left wheel of the eight wheel articulated lorry fell off and careered back towards the family at high speed. Letterkenny Gardai who are investigating the accident are appealing for witnesses.
The tiny village of Newtowncunningham is stunned by the tragedy.
And in Cork an elderly couple have died in a horror crash.
Michael O'Sullivan (79) and his wife, Nora (80), from Velvetstown in Buttevant, were killed when their car collided with an articulated lorry outside Mallow on the main Cork-Limerick Road shortly before 8am yesterday.
The accidents brought the death toll on roads in the county to four in as many days.
Mr O'Sullivan was on his way to the Puck Fair in Killorglin and was dropping off his wife in Mallow.
It's thought they may have forgotten something and were trying to turn around when they collided with the lorry travelling in the same direction.
* A woman in her eighties was recovering in hospital after being rescued from a river at Clonakenny, six miles from Templemore, Co Tipperary yesterday.