Wednesday 21 March 2018

Woman (80) dies at scene of multiple vehicle crash

The scene of yesterday's crash just outside Tuam, Co Galway
The scene of yesterday's crash just outside Tuam, Co Galway

Caroline Crawford and Pat Flynn

GARDAI were last night trying to establish the cause of a four-car road smash in which an elderly woman died.

The woman died at the scene of the collision, which happened on the N17 close to Cloonmore bridge at Claretuam, Tuam, Co Galway, at about 4.45pm yesterday.

The victim was named locally as Polly Shaughnessy (80), from Tuam. She was a passenger in a car driven by her daughter, who was injured in the crash. Her injuries are not believed to be life threatening but she was taken to University College Hospital in Galway for treatment.

The crash scene is near the Headford Road junction, about 5km from Tuam.

A local priest attended the scene and gave the elderly lady the last rites.

A number of other people suffered minor injuries in the crash and one woman was taken by ambulance to hospital.

Four ambulances attended the scene along with two fire brigade units and five garda squad cars.

A total of 87 people have been killed on the road so far this year, compared to 77 for the same period last year.

Meanwhile, a farmer was left shocked but uninjured yesterday after his tractor collided with a passenger train at a level crossing.

Although the driver of the 2.15pm service from Limerick to Galway was unaware of the collision and continued his journey to Ennis and then Galway, minor damage was later discovered at the centre of the two-carriage passenger train.

It is thought the tractor was stationary at a level crossing used by a local farmer, but not open to the public, when it accidentally moved forward and collided with the train.

The incident happened at about 2.40pm at Laghile near Cratloe in Co Clare.

Irish Rail officials closed the line as soon as they were informed of the incident, while emergency services were sent to the scene.

Initial reports suggesting the driver had been injured following the collision proved groundless after fire crews and paramedics had assessed the badly shaken driver.

Irish Independent

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