Two Tourists Have Died In Kerry Pony And Trap Accident

Two American tourists have died in an incident involving a pony and trap near popular tourist attraction Gap of Dunloe in Kerry.

The couple, who were in their 60s, were travelling on a narrow mountain path, when their carriage went off the road.

They were pronounced dead at the scene and brought to University Hospital Kerry. The driver was unharmed.

The horse was also put down at the scene.

The road close to the scene has been closed by the Gardaí.

It is unknown when the road will reopen, and work on the scene is still ongoing.

Minister of State for Tourism and Sport Brendan Griffin offered his condolences: "It is deeply upsetting to hear the news of the tragic accident that has claimed the lives of two tourists on holiday in Kerry. Everyone in Kerry is truly shocked and saddened. I want to offer my sympathies and condolences to the families of the victims at this most distressing time."

Gardaí are appealing for witnesses to contact Killarney Garda Station on 064 6671160, the Garda Confidential Telephone Line 1800 666 111 or any garda station.


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