Wednesday 12 December 2018

Truck driver (50s) killed in apparent road rage incident at Rosslare Europort

Rosslare Europort, Rosslare Harbour, Wexford where an incident occured at the Truck/Trailor Park. Picture: Patrick Browne
Rosslare Europort, Rosslare Harbour, Wexford where an incident occured at the Truck/Trailor Park. Picture: Patrick Browne

Tom Brady, Ian Begley and Amy Molloy

A MAN has died after he was punched and fell backwards during an apparent road rage incident in Co Wexford.

The two men involved in the incident were both lorry drivers in their 50s.

The scene of the incident at Rosslare Europort remains sealed off, and a post mortem examination is expected to be conducted on the deceased this afternoon.

The two vehicles were being driven into Rosslare Europort shortly before 7pm yesterday when the incident took place as the lorries came close together.

The two vehicles were then driven into the port and parked.

The drivers of the lorries jumped out of their cabs and came face to face.

After an argument in which witnesses said that blows appeared to have been exchanged, one driver fell backwards and hit his head on the ground.

The other driver then climbed back into his cab and drove back out of the port, apparently unaware of the injuries sustained by the other.

The injured driver, who was Romanian, was found lying on the ground. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Meanwhile, gardaí had been contacted and stopped the other lorry a short distance from the port. The driver, who is Irish, was arrested and taken for questioning to Wexford Garda station.

He was being detained there last night under section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act and can be held without charge for a maximum of 24 hours, excluding rest periods.

Efforts are being made to contact the dead man’s family after he was identified.

The scene was preserved for forensic examination, as part of a Garda investigation led by Supt James Doyle, of Wexford station.

Wexford Councillor Ger Carthy offered his condolences to the man’s family and friends.

"[The] news came as a massive shock. My sympathies of course go out to this man’s friends and family.

“It’s deeply concerning that something like this has happened in this locality."

Investigating Gardaí are appealing to anyone who may have witnessed a road incident involving two articulated trucks at a location known as Tagoat between 5.30 and 6.15 last night.

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