Death in Galway crash means 12 people have died on Irish roads since Sunday


Gardaí at Ballinasloe, Co Galway are investigating a single vehicle fatal road traffic collision which occurred at Coolagh, Gurtymadden, Co Galway today, a crash which brings the death toll on Irish roads since Sunday to 12.

THe crash in Galway occurred at approximately 2.45am on the Loughrea to Killimor Rd N65, about three miles outside Killimor, when the car collided with a concrete barrier.

The 26-year-old male driver was seriously injured and taken to University College Hospital Galway.

He was later pronounced dead in hospital.

No other persons were involved.

Earlier this morning, three people were killed in a head-on crash in Donegal in the early hours of this morning.

The two men and one woman died when two cars collided on a minor road beside a wooded area near Corrovaddy, just outside Letterkenny, at about 1am on Thursday.

Another man was rushed to hospital and is in a serious condition.

Gardai said the three bodies remained at the scene for several hours after the accident and the county coroner had been notified.

The road death toll for the week has reached double figures following the accident and it comes after the Garda Traffic Corps and Road Safety Authority issued appeals for drivers to take care on the roads as the August bank holiday approaches.

Four men were killed in a spate of crashes within hours of each other in Donegal, Meath and Kildare earlier in the week.

And a mother and her teenage son died in a crash in Co Galway on Sunday night, along with other fatal accidents in Kildare and Sligo.

Gardai appealed for witnesses to the latest accident to contact officers in Letterkenny.

Chief Superintendent Aidan Reid today has emphasised to road users "An Garda Síochána has carried out 201 mandatory alcohol checkpoints and 738 breath tests from 27th July to  28th July and it clear that some people have failed to listen or heed our warning.

"This is evident as 35 persons have been detected for drink driving in the last few days. While these high visibility checkpoints act as a deterrent we urge drivers to take personal responsibility for their actions and never ever drink and drive. We also urge all passengers to never allow themselves to be carried in a car where the driver is under the influence of alcohol or drugs”

Meanwhile, Donegal County Council's road safety officer, Brian O'Donnell, urged people to be extra vigilant.

"This means always obey the speed limits, reduce speed in inclement weather conditions and allow plenty of time to arrive safely at your destination, always wear your seatbelt, never use a mobile phone while driving, and never drink and drive," he said.

The council said the latest tragedies were truly horrific and officials said thoughts and prayers were with the families and relatives of those involved.

"We as a community have had far too many tragedies, particularly road traffic collisions," the council said.

"No family should have to suffer the pain and loss of a loved one as a result of a road traffic collision. It should never be forgotten that behind every figure and statistic are real tragedies and real victims with real lives lost."

The council urged people to take personal responsibility for road safety.

"Road safety is not issue for the authorities alone. Each one of us who use our roads can make a difference and should take a moment to reflect on how we use the roads and whether or not we could improve our driving and ensure that we do not become another bleak statistic - or the cause of one. These recent tragedies have changed countless lives forever," it said.