Friday 16 November 2018

Young artists join grim litany of road fatalities

Anita Guidera

TWO men were killed when their van burst into flames in a horrific single vehicle collision in Leitrim yesterday.

The victims were named last night as Damien Foley (34) from Main Street, Manorhamilton, and Ger Maycock (34) from Dromahair, both in north Leitrim.

In a second accident, a 19-year-old man was killed when the car he was driving crashed after hitting a ditch at Rosegartland, Wellington Bridge in Wexford yesterday.

Garry Sinnott from Duncormack, Co Wexford died from injuries he suffered in the early morning crash.

And in a third tragedy, a man believed to be in his 60s died when his car struck a number of vehicles near Dundalk at about 9.20pm yesterday.

The man's vehicle hit a number of other cars when it crashed on the northbound carriage of the M1 south of Haynestown Roundabout close to Dundalk in Co Louth.

In the Leitrim accident, the victims had been living in the Manorhamilton and Dromahaire areas of north Leitrim for some time.

They were both linked to the Sculpture Centre in Manorhamilton and had been involved in a number of public art projects in the town.

The tragedy happened at approximately 3am yesterday when the van in which the men were travelling left the road after crashing into a tree at Cloonaquinn, about two miles from Manorhamilton before bursting into flames.

One of the men died at the scene.

The second was taken to Sligo General Hospital suffering from serious burns and was pronounced dead shortly after 10am yesterday.

A third man, also aged 34, was transferred from Sligo General Hospital to University College Hospital Galway, where his condition was described as stable.

According to gardai, the accident happened on a bend in the road when the English-registered white transit van, which was travelling towards Sligo, left the road and ended up in a field.

Yesterday evening, gardai were examining the badly-damaged vehicle to try and determine what might have caused the accident.

The scene of the accident, at what is known locally as the back road to Dromahair, just off the N16, was closed to traffic for much of the day because of fuel spillage and traffic was being diverted.

The deceased men had been living and working as artists in the north Leitrim area for a number of years.

According to one personal friend, who did not wish to be identified, the community had been shattered by the tragedy.

"Everyone knew them and they were very popular. There is terrible sadness here today," he said.

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