Seven killed on roads over bank holiday weekend

TWO men died yesterday afternoon in a collision involving two motorcycles, near Listowel, Co Kerry, bringing to seven the number of people who died on the roads so far this bank holiday weekend.

A third man was injured in the crash and removed to Kerry General Hospital, Tralee, but his injuries are not life-threatening.

The crash occurred just outside the village of Finuge on a straight stretch of road leading to Lixnaw, at about 4.50pm.

Both deceased are from the greater Listowel area and gardaí declined to release their identities until next-of-kin have been informed.

One of the men was in his 40s and the father of a young family. The other man was aged 21.

It is understood one of the deceased was the driver of the motorcycle and the other man who died was a pillion passenger on the second bike. Both died at the scene.

The deceased had earlier taken part in a charity bike event in aid of the National Rehabiltation Centre and were on their way out of Finuge when the accident occurred.

An elderly woman was killed in a collision between a car and a camper van in Galway yesterday.

The woman, who was understood to be 80, was the front-seat passenger of a car that collided with the camper van on the busy road between Salthill and Bearna shortly before 4pm.

The drivers of the car and camper van were taken to hospital and were last night being treated for their injuries.

A male pedestrian was fatally injured when he was struck by a car on the N8 Dublin to Cork road, 3km north of Durrow, Co Laois, shortly after midnight on Saturday.

The 43-year-old man was pronounced dead at the scene and his body was removed to the Midland Regional Hospital in Portlaoise. Gardaí are appealing to witnesses of the incident to come forward.

Meanwhile, a man in his 20s was killed and another was seriously injured when the car they were travelling in collided with a tractor on the N25 at Ardmore in Waterford at 6.30pm on Saturday evening.

Prayers were offered at masses in Ardmore yesterday for the recovery of the critical man, who is also in his 20s and from the area.

In another incident, a 63-year-old man died in a single vehicle accident at Cloone, Co Leitrim, at 4.30pm on Saturday. His body was removed to Sligo General Hospital.

On Friday night a man was killed in a two-car crash at Dromasta in Co Cork.

The man, in his late 30s, was from the Durrus area of west Cork. He was the driver of a car involved in a head-on collision with another car at Dromasta on the main road to Bantry.

The accident happened shortly after 10pm on Friday night. A man and a woman who were travelling in the other car avoided serious injury.

Gardaí are implementing a road safety campaign in an effort to prevent deaths on the roads. Extra officers have been deployed on roads for the duration of the bank holiday.

During the June bank holiday weekend last year four people lost their lives in road crashes.


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