Four dead and three in­jured in 48 hours of car­nage on roads

Irish Independent - - News - Luke Byrne and David Raleigh

FOUR peo­ple are dead and three peo­ple have been hos­pi­talised af­ter 48 hours of car­nage on the roads.

Two el­derly cou­ples were among those in­volved in a se­ries of sep­a­rate ac­ci­dents across the coun­try in the last two days.

At around 8.15am yes­ter­day, the car in which Mary Han­ley and her hus­band Jack Han­ley were trav­el­ling went out of con­trol.

The ve­hi­cle, driven by Ms Han­ley, was trav­el­ling down a steep hill on the Bal­ly­hoo­ley Road, at the junc­tion with Gor­don’s Hill, May­field, Co Cork, when it struck the gate post of a house.

Ms Han­ley, who was in her

70s, was killed in the ac­ci­dent, while her hus­band, also in his

70s, was in­jured. It is un­der­stood they had been trav­el­ling from the Monard area when the crash oc­curred.

“They are very well known in the area. Mary used to work at the site where the Frank O’Con­nor Li­brary is now, back when it was a su­per­mar­ket,” said one lo­cal man.

In a sep­a­rate in­ci­dent yes­ter­day, a woman named lo­cally as Martha King, who was in her 60s, died in a traf­fic col­li­sion that oc­curred on the West­port Road (N5) out­side Castle­bar, CO Mayo, at around 8.30am.

It is un­der­stood the two-car crash oc­curred when one of the ve­hi­cles crossed the road.

Ms King was re­moved to Mayo Uni­ver­sity Hos­pi­tal and was pro­nounced dead a short time later.

The sec­ond driver, a man in his mid-30s, was also re­moved to Mayo Uni­ver­sity Hos­pi­tal with mi­nor in­juries.

An el­derly cou­ple were killed in a head-on col­li­sion be­tween a car and an oil lorry on the main Limerick to Tip­per­ary Road on Wednesday.

Christo­pher Scul­lane (84) and his wife Mary Ellen (70) are un­der­stood to have trav­elled from their home in Leam­ing­ton Spa, in War­wick­shire, Eng­land, to visit a sick rel­a­tive.

The driver of the lorry was in­jured in the sud­den crash around 10.30am.

In­juries

The man, in his 40s, was taken by am­bu­lance to Uni­ver­sity Hos­pi­tal Limerick but his in­juries were not thought to be life-threat­en­ing.

Gar­daí said the col­li­sion took place on the N24 at Gort­nadromin near the vil­lage of Drom­keen.

Emer­gency ser­vices were called to the site of the crash, but the oc­cu­pants of the car were both pro­nounced dead at the scene a short time later.

The scene of the crash in Mayo

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