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Friday 15 December 2017

Two elderly women die in road accidents

Allison Bray and Pat Flynn

A 'good Samaritan' who dropped an elderly passenger off at a local bus stop tragically died after colliding with a minibus yesterday.

The 58-year-old woman, whose name has not been released pending notification of next of kin, was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident in Ballybeg, Littleton, Co Tipperary.

It's understood that the victim, believed to be a local woman, was walking away from the minibus ferrying elderly passengers when the accident occurred shortly after 11am yesterday.

A post mortem was later carried out at Waterford Regional Hospital.

None of the six passengers on the bus was injured in the incident.

The cause of the accident remains under investigation, however, gardai last night said poor visibility and weather conditions are believed to be factors in the accident.

Elsewhere, another pedestrian died last night after being involved in an incident with a tractor yesterday.

The 74-year-old German tourist was crossing the Lower Road in Bunratty, Co Clare, near the entrance to the Bunratty Folk Park tourist attraction, when the accident occurred at approximately 1.20pm.

The injured woman was taken to the Mid-Western Regional Hospital in Limerick where she died last night.

"This was a serious traffic collision," a garda spokesman said.

"We would appeal to anyone who was in the Lower Road Bunratty area, particularly around the Folk Park, to contact us if they witnessed the incident or anything which might assist in the garda investigation."

Irish Independent

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