Thursday 23 November 2017

Irish couple still critical after fatal English crash

Emma Hallett and Breda Heffernan

An Irish couple remain in a critical condition today following a horrific road crash in England which killed their two-year-old son.

The family are understood to have been on holiday when they were involved in the high-speed head-on collision in Torquay in Devon yesterday afternoon.

The Irish Embassy in London is assisting relatives of the victims, whose names have not yet been released.

The driver of the second car, a Polish man in his 20s who lived in Torquay, was arrested before being taken to hospital, where he later died.

Police said he was driving a black Vauxhall Vectra which appeared to have swerved into the path of the oncoming car in which the Irish family were travelling.

The crash happened at around 2.45pm between Gallows Gate and Kerswell Gardens, close to Torquay.

The Irish woman and her toddler son were airlifted to hospital in nearby Torbay while the father was transferred by ambulance to Derriford Hospital.

The boy later died from his injuries while his parents, who are aged in their early 30s, suffered life-threatening injuries and remain in a critical condition.

Paul Netherton, assistant chief constable of Devon and Cornwall Police, described the incident as "extremely traumatic".

Mr Netherton said: "This was an extremely traumatic incident where emergency services were working on the family at the scene and subsequently in ambulances and at the hospital.

“It was a head-on collision at speed. The black Vectra was coming down the hill and appears to have swerved into the path of the oncoming car.

“The members of the family are in a critical life-threatening condition. We are trying to identify their next of kin in southern Ireland to inform them."

Mr Netherton said because the driver of a police car witnessed the crash, the incidents has been reffered to the Independent Police Complaints Commission as a matter of course.

The officer's police car had not been pursuing the vehicles.

Meanwhile, a woman who was injured in a car crash in Wexford yesterday afternoon has died.

The 66-year-old woman was a passenger in a car involved in an incident in Killeens shortly before 4pm yesterday.

Irish Independent

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