Saturday 18 November 2017

Two men die after lorry loses control on bend in road

The scene of the accident in which two men died near Clonmel, Co Tipperary, yesterday. Picture: DYLAN VAUGHAN
The scene of the accident in which two men died near Clonmel, Co Tipperary, yesterday. Picture: DYLAN VAUGHAN

Brian Byrne, Sam Griffin and Pat Flynn

TWO men were killed after their lorry struck a bend on a minor road when they were on their way to work.

The single-vehicle crash occurred at approximately 9.15am yesterday morning on a road near the N24 between Clonmel and Kilsheelan in Co Tipperary.

The driver, aged 56, was named locally as Edward Hurton from Lemybrien, Co Waterford.

Ian Walshe (29), from Kilmacthomas, Co Waterford, was also killed in the crash. Post-mortems are expected to be carried out today.

The accident happened at the first of a series of bad bends on the turn off for Rathgormack at an area known locally as Tickinor Hill. Gardai say the lorry the victims were travelling in lost control and careered into one of the bends.

One of the men died at the scene while the other died en route to Waterford Regional Hospital. It's understood both men were making a delivery of a tractor to Clonmel.

One local man, who was at the scene shortly after the tragic accident occurred, said the stretch of road was very treacherous due to the steep hills.

He said he avoided the road when driving heavy vehicles and said there have been a number of incidents on the road over the years.

The area where the crash happened was sealed off for a number of hours by Garda Forensic Collision Investigators and local diversions were put in place.

This is the second fatal incident to occur in the county in recent weeks, after a man and a women in their 60s died in a two-car collision on the Nenagh to Borrisokane road on March 28.

It brings to 11 the total number of people who have lost their lives in the Tipperary area this year.

Local councillor Billy Shoer said that local gardai had been forced to call in traffic corps from surrounding counties to deal with the growing number of collisions. Gardai have appealed for witnesses to contact them at Clonmel garda station on 052-6177640 or the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111.

Irish Independent

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