Three die in weekend of tragedy on the roads

NewsBy Neil Fetherston
A series of accidents have cost the lives of three people. FILE PHOTO
A series of accidents have cost the lives of three people. FILE PHOTO

A total of three people have lost their lives this weekend in three separate traffic accidents across the country.

In Longford, a 36-year-old man died after his car collided with a bus carrying a group of teenagers returning from a music event in Longford.

The accident happened just after 11pm, at Edgewardstown on the N4 Dublin to Sligo road.

The man, believed to be a foreign national, was pronounced dead shortly afterwards.

There were no reports of serious injuries among the minibus passengers.

Gardaí preserved the scene as part of their investigation.

In Co Cork, a  71-year-old man died after he fell off his bike as he was cycling with a group of colleagues 

The incident occurred on the Castletownbere to Ardgroom Road yesterday afternoon at approximately 4.40pm

The man's friends administered CPR until a local doctor attended the scene.

The doctor pronounced the man dead a short time later and his body was taken to Cork University Hospital where a post mortem will be carried out.

The road was closed to facilitate a Garda Forensic Collision examination and has since reopened.

And a  49-year-old woman was killed in an early morning road traffic collision in Co Mayo on Saturday.

Gardaí are investigating the incident which occurred at around 3am on the N60, Castlebar-Claremorris Road, near Breaffy village.

A female pedestrian suffered fatal injuries when she was hit by a car.

She was taken to Mayo General Hospital in Castlebar, but was pronounced dead a short time later.

The driver of the vehicle was uninjured in the crash.

A Garda spokesperson said the scene is being preserved for a technical analysis and diversions are in place.

Gardaí are appealing for witnesses to the collision, or anyone who was travelling on the N60 between 2.45am and 3am, to contact them at Castlebar Garda Station on 094 903 8200, the Garda Confidential Line 1800 666 111 or their local station.