29/09/2008

Irish Roads Take Their Toll - Again

There has been another series of fatal and serious road traffic accidents over the weekend.

As two men battle for life in hospital following a road accident on the outskirts of Londonderry, and a woman is 'critical' in hospital in Mullingar, it has emerged that a man has died in a Co Louth crash.

The two young people involved in the Derry accident are in a critical condition after the car they and three others were travelling in crashed on the Mullenan Road between Derry and Carrigans just after 1.45am today (Monday).

The three others were also taken to hospital. All five are understood to be in their late teens and early 20s.

No other vehicles were involved. The Mullenan Road remained closed on Monday morning.
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Meanwhile, across the border, a man has died in a road accident in Co Louth.

It happened at about 2.30am this morning at Killany, when the 23-year-old male was riding a motorcycle which left the road and crashed into a ditch.

He was pronounced dead at the scene and his body was taken to Louth County Hospital in Dundalk, where a post mortem examination will be carried out.

A short while later, a woman was seriously injured in a separate single vehicle crash near Ballymahon, Co Longford.

The accident happened at about 3.15am this morning on the outskirts of the town.

The woman, in her 30s, was taken to the Midland Regional Hospital in Mullingar, where her injuries are described as critical.

Two men who were travelling in the car were also taken to hospital, where they were treated for minor injuries.

(BMcC/KMcA)

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