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Tuesday 24 October 2017

Two more killed on roads in 48 hours of tragedy

A forensic officer takes photos at the scene in Dún Laoghaire where a motorcyclist was killed. Photo: Damien Eagers
A forensic officer takes photos at the scene in Dún Laoghaire where a motorcyclist was killed. Photo: Damien Eagers

Ryan Nugent

Two more lives have been lost in separate collisions on Irish roads as the number of deaths rose to six in less than 48 hours.

A 50-year-old Kilkenny man was killed in a crash in Paulstown yesterday morning when his car collided with a truck.

The truck driver was taken to St Luke's Hospital but does not have life-threatening injuries.

Mick Conlon, a secondary school caretaker from Thomastown, was pronounced dead at the scene shortly after 8am yesterday.

Classes at his school, Grennan College, were cancelled for the afternoon as the community tried to come to terms with the shock.

Local councillor Breda Gardner told the Irish Independent that she would miss travelling to school sports events with Mr Conlon.

"He was just very well-liked by everyone, he really was," Ms Gardner said.

"The whole school - the teachers and the students - are in shock. Many a time he would take me to matches involving the school with the kids. Mick was everywhere, he was the linesman, the bus driver, the counsellor for the kids, the motivator - he was all these things.

"He was the caretaker here for years."

In a separate incident, Mark Bell (46) from Ballybrack was killed in a collision involving his motorcycle, a car and a van on York Road in Dún Laoghaire just before midday yesterday.

The motorcyclist was rushed to St Vincent's Hospital but was pronounced dead a short time later.

His death was the third motorcycle fatality in the past 48 hours, after the deaths of Stephen Hyland in Dublin and of a man in his 30s in Limerick.

The death of Elrich Caputo (11), who passed away on Sunday a week after he was struck by a truck, brought the death toll to six.

Some 153 people have been killed on the roads this year, a rise of 26 on the same time in 2015.

Irish Independent

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