Gardai investigate 'link' between body found in Louth and M1 crash

The house where gardai discovered the body (Pic: Ciara Wilkinson)
The house where gardai discovered the body (Pic: Ciara Wilkinson)

Gardai are investigating the circumstances surrounded the discovery of the body at house at Rathmore, Hackballscross Co Louth.

Reports indicate that the body of a woman in her 60s was discovered when gardai arrived to a home which was registered to a car that had earlier been involved in a fatal crash on the M1 motorway.

It is believed that the the vehicle had been driven the wrong way up the motorway, killing the driver.

The man has been named locally as James Quigley, also known as Jim.

Gardaí believe there could be a link between the two incidents and one line of inquiry is that this could be a case of murder-suicide.

Gardaí are investigating the full circumstances leading up to the woman's death and whether it is connected to the fatal crash.

Reports indicate that the woman had suffered a number of head wounds.

The discovery was made at approximately 3.45pm this afternoon.

The scene is currently preserved pending a Garda Technical Examination and the body remains at the scene.

The office of the State Pathologists’ has been notified.

Earlier today a man was killed when the vehicle he was driving struck a car and a truck on the M1 motorway.

It is believed that he had been driving the wrong way up the northbound lane of the motorway

The driver and two passengers in the other car were injured and taken to Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital in Drogheda with non-life threatening injuries.

The M1 remains closed to facilitate an examination by Garda Forensic Collision Investigators and will remain closed for a number of hours. Diversions are in place.