Three Killed In Weekend Wreckages

Three people have been killed following a series of separate road accidents over the weekend.

Gardai are investigating a fatal collision at Dowagh Cross, Claremorris in Co. Mayo. The collision occurred at 1.20 am on Sunday morning. Two cars were involved in the crash and the driver and sole occupant of one car, a woman aged 18 years, was fatally injured.

Garda have named the 18-year-old woman killed as Ciara Allen of Neale Road, Ballinrobe, Co Mayo.

The driver and a passenger of the second car, a man and a woman in their twenties, were taken by ambulance to Mayo General hospital in Castlebar.

The road at the scene of the crash is closed pending forensic collision investigation of the area.

A 23-year-old man was fatally injured in Co Laoise when the car he was driving left the road and struck an entrance pier near the junction of the N8 and the Ballyragget Road near Durrow.

The collision occurred at 2.20 am also on Sunday morning, and the dead man was the only occupant of the car. Their were no other vehicles involved in the crash. The collision is under investigation.

In a third incident, Gardaí at Kanturk are investigating a collision that occurred at approximately 1.30pm on Sunday on the N72 at Roskeen, the main mallow to Killarney road.

The collision involved two cars and the male driver of the first car was fatally injured. He was 28 years of age and death was pronounced at scene.

The male driver of the second car was taken to Cork University Hospital with serious injuries.

A female passenger in the second car was taken to the same hospital with injuries that are not believed to be life threatening.

Diversions were put in place at Cecilstown and Ballymacquirke.

The fatalities came just as Gardai get ready to launch their annual festive season crackdown on road safety.

Their Christmas enforcement campaign will particularly target people driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, as well as those breaking the speed limits. Mandatory alcohol tests and speed checkpoints will be set up around the county. Motorists are being urged to slow down and drive carefully and also to be aware of weather conditions while making any journeys.

Meanwhile, in the North, seven people have died in separate road accidents over the past weekend.

The victims included four policemen responding to a call to assist another officer who died together in the wreckage of their crashed 4x4 early on Sunday, just across the border on the Warrenpoint to Rostrevor Road, in Co Down.

See: Weekend Road Deaths' Shock


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