Woman killed in crash while car 'pulled in so she could take phone call about sick child'

Nicola Kenny
Nicola Kenny

A back-seat passenger killed in a horror crash between a truck and a car was on the phone to find out details about a child in hospital when she died.

It is understood the car was pulled over on to the hard shoulder of the M8 motorway yesterday, so the victims, who was aged in her mid-twenties, could hear the call better.

At around 12.25pm, a truck travelling northbound on the road collided with the car. The accident occurred between junctions 9 and 10 near Dogstown, Co Tipperary.

Gardai were called and the woman, who was a back seat passenger, was declared dead at the scene.

Two other women travelling in the front of the car, one aged in her early 50s and the other in her mid-50s, were seriously injured in the crash. It is understood one of the women is the mother of the deceased victim.

The surviving women were taken to University Hospital Limerick and South Tipperary General Hospital, Clonmel, where both remained in a serious condition last night.

The driver of the truck was uninjured in the crash.

Meanwhile, a man was killed in an early-morning crash yesterday in Dundalk, Co Louth.

Gardai have launched an investigation after the incident involving one vehicle occurred at around 7am.

The accident happened at Rasson on the busy N53 Dundalk to Castleblaney Road, 8km outside Dundalk.

The driver, a man in his early 60s, was the only person in the car at the time of the accident.

He was fatally injured in the crash and was pronounced dead at the scene.

The road was closed for a number of hours yesterday and local diversions were in place to facilitate a forensic examination.

It is understood the health condition of the man will be examined in a post-mortem.

Meanwhile, the family of a great-grandmother who was killed on Sunday morning when she was hit by a car have said she was a wonderfully positive person.

Maureen Creaner (92) was rushed to the Mater hospital after being knocked down crossing the Navan Road close to her Cabra home on Sunday morning. She died later from her extensive injuries.

She had been walking back from the local shop after buying a newspaper when she was struck by the car.

"She was a lovely lady who had such wonderful positivity," her son David said.

"We are all devastated at the suddenness of her passing. She was always planning for the future even though she was in her 90s," he added.

Some 124 people have been killed on our roads since the start of the year.

Nearly 86,000 fixed charge notices have been issued for speeding offences between January and June - with 16,362 of these being issued in May.

The Irish Independent has also learned that a further 14,923 fines were issued for mobile phone offences.

The country's largest motoring organisation, the AA, says more needs to be done to tackle road deaths.

"When you read about these stories, it is a heartbreak," AA Director of Consumer Affairs Conor Faughnan said. "But it ought to make us more determined to concentrate on pursing road safety policies that we know are effective.

"The terrible fear for those promoting road safety is that it begins to be seen as a battle won."

Mr Faughnan said that 2016 was so far shaping up to be a disappointing years in terms of the number of people killed or injured on Irish roads.