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Road tragedy Four people killed in horror three-vehicle crash in Co Galway

All four victims were pronounced dead at the scene and their bodies have been removed to Portiuncula Hospital

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The M6 was closed to traffic in both directions at junction 14 and junction 15 due to the crash. Photo: Hany Marzouk

The M6 was closed to traffic in both directions at junction 14 and junction 15 due to the crash. Photo: Hany Marzouk

The M6 was closed to traffic in both directions at junction 14 and junction 15 due to the crash. Photo: Hany Marzouk

Gardai have confirmed that four people were killed in last night’s horrific three-vehicle crash in Co Galway. 

The M6 in both directions between Junction 14 and 15 is currently closed and Forensic Collision Investigators are examining the scene.

Local diversions are in place following the incident that happened at 7.40pm on the westbound approach to Ballinasloe, between the Junction 14 and Junction 15 exits of the M6 motorway.

Emergency services were at the scene of the collision, about two kilometres outside the town, within minutes.

However, all four victims were pronounced dead at the scene and their bodies have been removed to Portiuncula Hospital, Ballinasloe, for post mortem examinations to be conducted at a later date.

Gardai have issued an appeal for witnesses this morning.

“Gardaí are also appealing to any road users who may have camera footage (including dash-cam) and were travelling on the M6 at Poolboy, Ballinasloe, at the time to make this footage available to Gardaí."

Anyone with information is asked to contact Ballinasloe Garda Station on 090 9631890, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111, or any Garda Station.

Fine Gael Senator Aisling Dolan wrote on Twitter: “Shocking road accident on the M6 late yesterday at Ballinasloe. Thoughts are with families who have lost loved ones. And to the local firefighters, Gardaí, ambulance & air ambulance at this terrible scene.”

Denis Naughten, TD for Roscommon Galway added: "Our thoughts and prayers are with the family & friends of those killed and injured in this terrible incident in Ballinasloe yesterday evening."

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