30/11/2009

Teen Dies On 'Treacherous' Roads

A teenager has been tragically killed in Co Kerry thanks to road conditions that have been described as "treacherous".

The fatal road traffic accident occurred along the Tarbert to Ballylongford road in the early hours of this morning.

Gardai in Listowel are investigating the circumstances of the collision, which involved a single car.

According to local officers, the collision occurred at approximately 5.40am. There was one male driver of the car who was 19-years-old. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Motorists have been warned to take care on the roads today due to flooding and black ice in parts of the country.

Many of the State's roads have been described as experiencing "treacherous icy conditions", according to AA Road Watch, who have strongly advised motorists to "Slow down!"

The collision occurred at a place called Dunard Upper on the Tarbert to Ballylongford Road. Gardai are looking for witnesses to contact them in Listowel on 068 50820 or the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111.

The road remains closed until the afternoon pending a forensic collision examination.

AA Roadwatch have reported that road conditions are improving throughout the country however drivers are asked to continue to drive with caution on back roads

(DW/BMcC)

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