Weather 'a factor' as three die in separate crashes
TREACHEROUS driving conditions are believed to be a factor in separate road accidents that claimed the lives of three people and left another three in hospital yesterday.
A man in his 50s was killed and another man was injured following a two-car crash in Co Donegal.
The incident happened just outside Moville on the Inishowen peninsula, at around 5pm, when a car was in collision with a Land Rover.
The dead man was named locally as Danny Doherty, a welder from Quigley's Point, who was the sole occupant of the car.
He was pronounced dead at the scene, while the driver of the 4x4 was taken to hospital. Four passengers in his vehicle were uninjured.
The scene was cordoned off last night pending a forensic examination this morning.
The accident happened just as gardai issued a warning to motorists of black ice on many roads in Co Donegal yesterday as temperatures dropped below freezing.
Another man was killed and two others were hospitalised in an early morning collision on the stretch of coast road between Tramore and Dunmore East, Co Waterford.
The 28-year-old victim is not believed to be from the immediate locality and had not been named last night.
The two men who were injured remained in hospital yesterday; however, their injuries are not believed to be life-threatening.
Gardai closed off the road for a time while forensic collision investigators conducted an examination of the scene.
Gardai appealed for witnesses to contact them at Waterford garda station.
Meanwhile, a man in his 20s was also killed early yesterday when the van he was driving veered off the road and went into a ditch in the townland of Curraghmore near Kilcormac, Co Offaly.
The man's body was discovered by a passerby shortly after 7am yesterday.
Gardai last night were still trying to establish his identity; however, it is understood he is not from the area.
Local Fianna Fail councillor Peter Ormond said road conditions were treacherous in the area overnight.
"It was very, very frosty with black ice on the roads," he said.