Road Tragedies Blight Ireland

A man aged in his 60s has died following a road accident in Co Tyrone. The PSNI were called to the scene of the incident on the Gorticashel Road, Mountfield, outside Omagh, shortly after 4.30pm yesterday.

They were responding to a report that a tractor had left the road. The road was closed while police carried out an investigation. It is understood that no other vehicles were involved.

Meanwhile, three people, one of whom was an old age pensioner, have died in separate road collisions in the past 24 hours across the border.

A man died this morning in Sligo General Hospital following a traffic collision in Donegal on January 24. The crash, involving two cars, happened at about 10am on the N15 at Ballybugan, Baltra.

The 38-year-old man who was the driver of the car was seriously injured in the crash and subsequently died. The collision is under investigation.

In the next incident, a 38-year-old female pedestrian was pronounced dead after she was struck by a truck at Bantry.

Gardaí said they are investigating the fatal collision that occurred at Slip, Bantry at approximately 4.30pm yesterday afternoon. This collision happened near the local creamery and the Co-Action Centre.

Gardaí are asking any witnesses that were in this area who have information to offer to contact them at Bantry on 027 20860.
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Also yesterday, Gardaí at Waterford have launched an investigation into a fatal collision that occurred at approximately 6pm on The Quay in Waterford City.

During the incident a 71-year-old woman was struck by a car and taken to Waterford Regional Hospital. She was pronounced dead there a short time later.

The road at the scene of the collision is closed pending a forensic collision investigation.

Gardaí said they are appealing to anyone who may have witnessed this collision to contact Gardaí at Waterford on 051 305300.


Meanwhile, Gardaí at Carrickmacross investigating a fatal road traffic collision that occurred at Monaltybane on December 27 have arrested a man.

Kevin McArdle of Longfield, Carrickmacross, was charged with dangerous driving and driving with excess alcohol.

The 29-year-old was remanded on continuing bail to appear in court again in four weeks time.

Two men and a pregnant woman were killed in the horrific crash. They were Glen Curtis, 28, of Dunroe, Nobber, County Meath; Paul Carroll, 27, of Dunheeda, Kingscourt, Co Cavan and Roisin Connolly, 39, from Drumcondra in Dublin, who was five months pregnant.

Three cars were involved in the accident which happened just outside Carrickmacross.

He has been charged in relation to the incident and was brought before a special sitting of Carrickmacross District Court at 8.30pm yesterday evening for this preliminary hearing.


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