Thursday 20 June 2019

Two men dead after separate road crashes over the weekend

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Allison Bray

Two men have been killed and a woman injured in two separate road accidents this weekend.

Earlier today, a man in his late 30s who is believed to be from Gorey Co Wexford, died after the car he was driving collided with another car at an accident blackspot around 8:30am.

The female driver of the other car was injured in the crash and taken to Wexford General Hospital.

Local Co Wexford councillor Pip Breen (FF) said he was driving to his local election count centre from his home in Gorey shortly before 9am today when he came across the horrific accident scene on the R741 at  Raheenaskeagh, Oulart, in Gorey before emergency services arrived.

“The road was wet and the cars were in bits,” he said.

Mr Breen said he pulled over and joined a number of other motorists who came across the tragedy.

He met the ambulance racing to the scene after ensuring that emergency services were alerted to the accident.

He said the accident occurred on a dangerous bend in the road where another motorist had died several years ago.

“You have no sight line coming into the bend. It’s a severe bend and it’s easy to lose a car on it,” he told Independent.ie.

He said the accident has left the community in shock and offered his condolences to the families of the deceased driver and the injured woman.

“It’s a huge tragedy. This is a phone call that someone (unfortunately) is going to get.

“It’s devastating for both families,” he said.

Meanwhile, a young motorcyclist died of his injuries following a collision with a tractor in Kells, Co Meath yesterday.

The 26-year-old driver collided with the tractor at Balrath Cross in Kells around 4:10pm on Saturday.

He was rushed to James Connolly Memorial Hospital but died of his injuries early this morning, according to gardai.

The 19-year-old driver of the tractor was not injured.

The road was closed for several hours yesterday as garda forensic collision investigators examined the scene of the crash.

Gardai, meanwhile,  are appealing for anyone who witnessed the accident in Gorey to contact the  Enniscorthy Garda Station on 053 - 9242580, the Garda Confidential Line 1800 666 111 or any garda station.

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