Two men killed in single vehicle crash in Co Monaghan were Polish nationals

Men were due to start work shortly with Tusker Construction Group in Castleblayney

The two men, one aged in his 30s and the other in his 40s, were pronounced dead at the scene.  Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

The two men, one aged in his 30s and the other in his 40s, were pronounced dead at the scene. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

 

Two men have been killed in a single vehicle collision in Co Monaghan.

The crash happened shortly before 2.30pm on Wednesday on the R181, between Castleblayney and Lough Egish.

The two men, one aged in his 30s and the other in his 40s, were pronounced dead at the scene.

Garda forensic collision investigators are to examine the scene to attempt to determine the cause of the crash. The road in question is closed off with local traffic diversions in place.

The two men are believed to have been Polish nationals, who only recently arrived in Ireland.

It is understood they had been due to start work shortly with Tusker Construction Group, which is based in Castleblayney.

In a statement the company said: “We wish to express our sincere sympathy to the families of two Polish nationals who tragically lost their lives in a single vehicle accident near Castleblayney earlier.

“Having recently arrived in Ireland via a recruitment agency, both men were self-isolating in anticipation of gaining employment with Tusker Construction Group in due course. Our thoughts and prayers are with the deceased and their families at this terribly sad time.”

Gardaí appealed for witnesses to the crash to come forward.

“Gardaí are appealing for anyone with information, particularly any road users with dash-cam footage who travelled in the area between 2-2:30pm to contact Castleblayney Garda station on 042 974 0668 or the Garda Confidential line on 1800 666 111,” he said.