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Teen killed in horror crash that left her two pals in a serious condition

The scene of the crash at Carrigeenlea, Tramore, Co. Waterford today. PIC Colin O Riordan
The scene of the crash at Carrigeenlea, Tramore, Co. Waterford today. PIC Colin O Riordan

A 16-year-old girl has been killed in a car crash that has left two of her pals seriously injured in Co Waterford.

The victim was a rear-seat passenger in the car which crashed into a wall on the coastal Cliff Road in Tramore at 8.20pm.

She was rushed to University Hospital in Waterford after the crash but died late last night.

Two other passengers, a female and male, both aged 17, suffered serious injuries and were also removed to University Hospital where it is understood they underwent surgery last night.

The male driver of the car, who is also 17, received minor injuries but was taken to hospital also.

He is the son of a prominent and well respected family who work in the motor trade in the Tramore area.

Sources say the crash happened as the car was being driven from Tramore along the coast road.

“As the car took the turn into the Carrigeenlea estate it appears to have collided with the wall,” a source said.

“The main damage is to the passenger side of the car, and it appears it hit the wall side-on,” they added.

The road was closed to facilitate Garda Forensic Collision Investigators and diversions were put in place.

The car, a white Toyota Levin, was towed away just before 11am.

The injured had to be cut from the wreckage by emergency crews.

It is believed that the driver and a male passenger were travelling in the front of the car, while the two female passengers were in the back.

Local Sinn Fein Councillor Jim Griffin said the town was numb since the incident.

“I spoke to several people and everyone says the same thing - it’s awful how quick things can change,” he said.

“One life is gone and there are others in a serious if not critical condition, and the families of all in car are in our thoughts and prayers.

“It’s a winding stretch of road and nobody is sure what happened, but it doesn’t change the outcome unfortunately,” he added.

A local source said there have been accidents on the road before now, but that in the past cars have gone over the steep cliffs.

The road is popular with walkers, and today in the stiff breeze blowing in from the sea people paused briefly as the wreckage from the car was loaded onto the back of a recovery vehicle before being taken away for analysis.

Gardaí are appealing for witnesses and anyone with information, are asked to  contact them at Tramore Garda 051 391 620, The Garda Confidential Line, 1800 666111 or any Garda Station.