Friday 23 February 2018

Two men die and a third fights for his life after road accidents

The car being removed from the crash scene in Rathfarnham, Co Dublin
The car being removed from the crash scene in Rathfarnham, Co Dublin
Mark Farrell: fatal plunge

Gareth Naughton

TWO young men were killed in road accidents over the weekend.

Peter Claydon (21), from Newport in Co Mayo, was close to his home when he suffered fatal injuries after his car hit a verge and went out of control at a sharp bend in the road.

He was driving home with his girlfriend when the accident happened at 3.15am on Saturday. She is being treated in the intensive care unit of Mayo General Hospital.

Hours earlier, a young man from Tallaght lost his life in an accident at Courtown Harbour in Gorey, Co Wexford.

Mark Farrell (19), from the Cushlawn estate, was travelling in a jeep with two friends when it crashed into the harbour wall and plummeted into the water at around 10.30pm on Friday.

The others managed to swim to shore but Mr Farrell was trapped in the vehicle. The Coast Guard and RNLI retrieved Mr Farrell's body. Gardaí are appealing for witnesses.

A man is fighting for his life in hospital after the van in which he was a passenger overturned on a road in Ballinaglack near Ballybofey in Co Donegal. The 34 -year-old has not been named. Two other men suffered minor injuries.

An Irish rally driver survived a crash at a rally in Sicily which claimed the life of his navigator. Waterford man Craig Breen (22) was driving the car when it hit a guard rail. Gareth Roberts (24) was killed.

Nine men escaped unharmed when two cars they were travelling in collided near Lifford in Co Clare on Saturday.

An elderly couple were lucky to escape injury when their car crashed into a hedge at the corner of Grange Road and Barton Drive in Rathfarnham, Co Dublin, yesterday.

Irish Independent

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