Woman’s death in bus collision is sixth fatality on same road

A woman killed when her car collided with a bus in Donegal was the sixth person to die on the same stretch of road in recent years.

Woman’s death in bus collision is sixth fatality on same road

Siobhan Hutcheon from Ardmore Manor in Muff was killed instantly when her car was in collision with a Bus Éireann coach on Saturday afternoon. Three children in the car were rushed to Altnagelvin Hospital in Derry and two are understood to be in a stable but critical condition.

The accident happened just after 3.30pm on Saturday on the N13 between Letterkenny and Newtowncunningham, close to the townland of Ardee.

Ms Hutcheon, who was in her 30s, was pronounced dead at the scene.

The woman’s body was taken to Letterkenny General Hospital where a postmortem was due to take place.

It has now been revealed that six people, including Ms Hutcheon, have been killed in the past five years on the same stretch of road.

Two young men were killed on the same date as the latest fatal incident, five years ago.

Lifelong pals Gary McLaughlin, 21, and Darren Downey, 19, were killed in a single-vehicle accident on May 4, 2009 while returning home form a 50th birthday party.

All the victims, including Ms Hutcheon, were prayed for at All Saints Church in Manorcunningham yesterday morning. Local county councillor Paul Canning, who lives close to the scene of the crash, revealed that there was a plan to look at straightening the dangerous stretch of road.

The road comes into a series of tight bends from two straight and long stretches from both the Letterkenny and Derry directions.

Mr Canning said: “It is perhaps something we should look at again.

“I recall we even went as far as to consider purchasing land in the area in the event of straightening that stretch of road.

“Perhaps we should look at that again in the light of yet another crash and another lost life,” he added.

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