18/03/2011

Teens Among Irish Road Tragedies

Three people have died in two separate road accidents in Co Cork in just 24 hours.

The news came as the name of the victim of a road accident on the main road between Ballymena and Ballymoney was being released today.

Julia Kerr, 32, originally from Scotland, died in a collision involving a lorry and a car. The incident happened on the Frosses Road in Co Antrim at 9.20am on Thursday.

Across the border, a teenager, a male aged just 17 and a 26-year old mother of one killed when their cars collided near Little Island on the Midleton to Cork motorway shortly after midnight.

Another man, who was a passenger in the car driven by the teenager, remains in a serious condition at Cork University Hospital.
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It is understood the two were on their way from Wexford to a car rally in West Cork.

Gardaí in Cobh are investigating the possibility that one of the cars was driving in the wrong direction on the dual carriageway at the time of the crash.

In Mitchelstown, another teen, who was an 18-year-old leaving certificate student, died when the seven-seater four-wheel-drive vehicle she was driving overturned and crashed about a mile outside the town shortly before 7pm.

Seven people were in the vehicle at the time of the crash. The driver was pronounced dead at the scene.

Six others, including the dead woman's 15-year-old brother, were taken to Cork University Hospital, but five have since been discharged following treatment.

The sixth, a teenage girl, remains in a stable condition there after suffering head and eye injuries.

(BMcC/KMcA)

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