Double fatality in Louth brings to four weekend road death toll

Two men die in car crash on Cooley Peninsula shortly after midnight

The scene of the  single-vehicle crash on the R173 in Carlingford in which two people died. Photograph:  Philip Fitzpatrick

The scene of the single-vehicle crash on the R173 in Carlingford in which two people died. Photograph: Philip Fitzpatrick

 

Three people have died in two separate single-vehicle road collisions on Monday morning.

Two men died following a single-car collision in Co Louth just after midnight. The two men, whose age is unknown, were pronounced dead at the scene on the R173 in Carlingford at about 12.35am.

No other persons were injured and the bodies of the deceased have been removed to Louth County Hospital in Dundalk for a postmortem examination.

The road is now closed to facilitate an examination by the Garda Forensic Collision Investigators and diversions are in place.

Local Cllr Antoin Watters said there was a sense of shock in the community as people learnt of the two deaths as well and of concerns surrounding mother of three Ruth Maguire who went missing from a party in Carlingford on Saturday night.

“Our thoughts are also with the families of the two men killed. This has been a terrible and tragic St Patrick’s weekend and it is such a sad time for the Cooley Peninsula,” said Cllr Watters.

In Dublin, a male motorcyclist in his 40s died at about 7am on Monday in a single-vehicle collision at at Whitestown Way, Tallaght, Dublin 24.

The man has been removed to Tallaght Hospital for a postmortem examination and the stretch of road in question is closed to facilitate an examination by Garda Forensic Collision Investigators.

The deaths bring to four the number of people killed this bank holiday weekend. On Sunday, one motorist was killed and several others injured in a five-car crash on the M6 motorway, near Kilbeggan, Co Westmeath. The driver of one of one of the cars, a man in his 60s, was pronounced dead at the scene.

Anyone with information on the Carlingford crash is asked to contact Carlingford Garda station on 042-9373102 while anyone with information on the Dublin crash is asked to contact Tallaght Garda Station on 01-666 6000. Those with information on either incident can also call the Garda confidential line on 1800 666 111 or any Garda station.