Yesterday afternoon at approximately 1pm an articulated lorry collided with a car on the N17 near Claremorris, Co. Mayo.
This collision resulted in the death of the two women and young boy travelling in the car. They were named last night as Belmullet locals Marcella Wilson and her 7 year old son Seán, while the other lady in the car was her mother Mary Ann. She was aged in her 70’s.
Reports say that Marcella was travelling with her family in her car when it collided head on with a truck coming towards them. The driver of the truck received minor injuries and was treated at the scene for shock. Marcella was in the process of bringing Mary Ann to a hospital appointment in Galway, when the accident occurred. The collision resulted in the loss of three generations. Marcella has three surviving children aged 16, 14 and 8.
The fatalities came the same day as another life ending collision, claiming the lives of two American tourists.
James Baker and Peggy Sue Adams, (62, 59), were travelling on the N20 Cork to Limerick road yesterday morning when they were involved in an accident again involving an articulated lorry and two cars.
The driver of one of the other cars involved was injured and taken to the Mercy University Hospital, she is thought to be related to victim James Baker. They were thought to be planning a week’s trip travelling the country together.
Another victim in the multi car collision was a pregnant woman. She was 22 weeks gone and later received treatment for non life threatening injuries.
Gardaí are appealing for witnesses to the crash to contact them urgently. Over 100 people have already lost their lives this year in road accidents. Our thoughts go out to all the families affected by these recent tragedies.
Please drive with caution and take your time on the roads.