Three die after two-car collision in North, two killed in road accidents in Republic

 

Five people died in weekend road traffic accidents, north and south of the Border.

Three people were killed in a two-car collision in Kilkeel, Co Down. Mr Kevin John Joyce, (70), of Owen Roe Terrace, Annalong, Co Down, and Mr Darren Michael Fearon (18), Abbey Park, Kilkeel, died at the scene of the crash at Newcastle Road, Kilkeel, around 1 a.m. on Saturday. Mr Brian Thomas Matthews (24), from Lurganreagh Road, Kilkeel, died later in hospital. A fourth man is seriously ill in hospital.

The accident happened as the RUC issued warnings to motorists to take care, as gales of up to 80 mph and heavy rain swept across the North. In the Republic, two men were killed in separate road accidents. Mr William Murray (88), of Allenview Heights, Newbridge, Co Kildare, was knocked down as he crossed the Standhouse Road, Newbridge at 7.20 p.m. on Saturday. He was taken to Naas General Hospital and died three hours later.

Mr Nigel Dooley (21), of Shrule, Co Mayo, died when the car he was driving left the road and hit a concrete post at Leedaun, outside Claremorris at 2.55 a.m. on Saturday. No other vehicle was involved. Mr Dooley was alone in his car at the time.

A man who died after being struck by a fork-lift truck at a farm in Co Tyrone has been named as Mr Robert James Thomas Alan McGarrigle (20), from Windy Hill Road, Donemana, Co Tyrone. The incident happened at Woodend Road in Strabane, Co Tyrone, shortly after 5 p.m. on Saturday.

A 57-year-old man was killed and his wife seriously injured when they were buried under bricks and concrete after a gable wall of a house under construction at Movilla Road in Newtownards, Co Down, collapsed on Saturday. The man was pronounced dead at the scene.

It is understood the woman, who is in the Royal Victoria Hospital, Belfast, lay trapped, but conscious, beside her husband, for more than four hours before the alarm was raised. Fire brigade emergency crews managed to free her after what was described as a dangerous 30-minute rescue operation.

Divisional officer Mr Tom Wright said: "Along with the paramedics, our first priority was to remove the lady. But that was a very tricky operation, given the fact that there was a risk of further collapse. There was no internal staircase, so we had to gently get her down from the first floor via a ladder and try and keep her stable," he said.

The woman sustained serious spinal injuries and hypothermia. She was taken to the Ulster Hospital at Dundonald, before being transferred to the intensive care unit at the Royal Victoria Hospital. A spokesman described her condition as "critical".

The couple's names have not yet been released.