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Two building workers killed as their van goes off road



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The deaths of two Polish men whose van veered off the road into a field has rocked a community they were set to call home.

The Polish men, aged in their 30s and 40s, died after the small white van they were travelling in swerved off the road and into a field.

They died at the scene and attempts were being made last night to inform their families in Poland.

The two men had travelled to Ireland for work and were undergoing a period of self-isolation when the accident took place on the R181 between Castleblayney and Lough Egish, Co Monaghan, at 2.30pm yesterday.

The Lennon family, who run Tusker Construction Group in Castleblayney, said: "We wish to express our sincere sympathy to the families of two Polish nationals, who tragically lost their lives in a single vehicle accident near Castleblayney.

"Having recently arrived in Ireland via a recruitment agency, both men were self-isolating in anticipation of gaining employment with Tusker Construction Group in due course.

"Our thoughts and prayers are with the deceased and their families at this terribly sad time. May they rest in peace."

Sinn Féin councillor Colm Carthy said: "When the news filtered through the community, people thought the men were seriously injured but then we heard they'd died and it was so upsetting. People here are in shock."

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