| 3.2°C Dublin

Five-month-old baby boy killed in crash tragedy

Close

Little Martin Corcoran, who was killed in the crash, with his three-year-old sister Isabelle, who was injured.

Little Martin Corcoran, who was killed in the crash, with his three-year-old sister Isabelle, who was injured.

Baby Martin Corcoran (five months) with his sister Isabelle (3) and parents Martin Senior and Elizabeth.

Baby Martin Corcoran (five months) with his sister Isabelle (3) and parents Martin Senior and Elizabeth.

/

A FIVE-month-old baby boy has been killed in a road accident when the car in which he was travelling crashed into a motorway barrier.

Little Martin Corcoran was in the back of the car when it apparently veered off the N6 Athlone by-pass and slammed into a barrier at 2.15pm yesterday.

His three-year-old sister, Isabelle, was also hurt in the crash but her injuries are not life-threatening.

The children's dad, also named Martin - who was the driver of the car - and their mother Elizabeth, who was the front-seat passenger, were uninjured in the tragic accident near Junction 12 on the N6.

They are both in their 20s and the family live in Dunlo Hill in the townland of Creggaun on the Ballinasloe to Ahascragh Road in Co Galway.

"The family are devastated. They're up in the hospital all day. The other child is very sick," a relative, who didn't want to be named, told the Herald.

"They were going to Athlone, and they were going from there to Tullamore... just doing some shopping. They were coming off the motorway on to the slip road and next thing they came across black ice," he said.

Early indications are the car, a 2003-registered Renault Laguna hatchback, lost control and veered off the road on to the hard shoulder and crashed into the barrier.

Little Martin was in a baby seat in the car on the passenger side. This part of the car took the brunt of the impact.

AMBULANCE

The crew of a passing Order of Malta ambulance tried to resuscitate Martin until an ambulance arrived which rushed him to Portiuncula Hospital in Ballinasloe, but he was pronounced dead shortly afterwards.

Isabelle Corcoran was also taken to the same hospital. She is expected to make a full recovery. Martin Snr and Elizabeth were treated for shock and are being comforted today by family members.

The eastbound Athlone Bypass between Junctions 13 and 11 was closed for more than four hours while garda forensic collision investigators examined the scene.

Local sources said the Corcoran's are only married a few years and Martin junior and his sister Isabelle were their only children. Elizabeth is said to originally be from Dublin, while Martin is from Ballinasloe.

"The area is in absolute shock at this tragedy," said local councillor Dermot Connolly.

"I want to issue condolences to the family concerned on losing their baby boy," he added.

Gardai are appealing for any witnesses to the crash to contact Athlone Garda Station on 090 6498550, The Garda Confidential Telephone line 1800 666 111 or any Garda Station.

cfeehan@herald.ie


Privacy