Friday 24 November 2017

Two dead and four injured in crashes over weekend

There were three separate road crashes over the bank holiday weekend (stock photo)
There were three separate road crashes over the bank holiday weekend (stock photo)

Ryan Nugent, Conor Feehan and Deirdre Reynolds

A young man lost his life and another four people, including a nine-year-old boy, were hospitalised in three separate road crashes over the bank holiday weekend.

And, in a separate tragedy, a paraglider in his 40s died after he crash-landed in Co Meath.

The young man who was killed in the road crash was aged in his early 20s and from Limerick city.

He and another man were travelling together when their car left the road and crashed into a ditch near the townland of Dromsallagh, Cappamore, Co Limerick, in the early hours of yesterday morning.

The first man was pronounced dead at the scene while the second man was rushed to University Hospital in Limerick for treatment.

No other vehicles were involved in the incident, which happened on the Cappamore to Marroe road at around 4.15am.

Local councillor Michael Donnegan told the Irish Independent that his thoughts were with the young man's family.

"It's disappointing that there is yet another tragedy on the roads of Limerick on the bank holiday weekend," he said.

"There are a lot of motorists out with the good weather, and people need to be careful, vigilant and cautious. My thoughts go out to the family," he added.

Meanwhile, a man in his 40s was killed in a paragliding accident.

The accident occurred near Gormanston Camp in Co Meath at around 6pm on Saturday.

The man was flying with an engine-powered glider when he crash-landed in a few feet of water at Benn Head, close to the barracks, the Irish Coast Guard confirmed.

An air accident investigation has been launched into the tragedy.

Elsewhere yesterday evening, a nine-year-old boy was airlifted to hospital after he was knocked off his bicycle by a car.

The collision happened just before 7pm in the townland of Rathgormack, Co Waterford, near the Comeragh mountains, around two miles south of Carrick-on-Suir.

The boy sustained a head injury in the incident. And while he remained conscious, the HSE ambulance service requested the assistance of the Coast Guard to transfer him to hospital as a precaution.

Rescue helicopter 117 based at Waterford was tasked with carrying out the transfer to Cork University Hospital and the boy was airlifted along with his mother, who was not injured in the incident.

Another two people were hospitalised following a serious collision involving four cars on the N24 in Co Limerick.

They were rushed to Limerick University Hospital and were understood to be in a stable condition last night.

Irish Independent

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