Seventh car crash death in seven days

A PENSIONER was killed yesterday when the car he was in collided with a van.

He was one of four people in the car when it collided with the van on the Boyle Road in Frenchpark, County Roscommon.

The man – who was in his 70s – was pronounced dead on arrival at Roscommon Hospital, where the other three occupants were also taken.

The driver of the van was not seriously injured.

The man’s death is the seventh in as many days on Irish roads, which have claimed more than 15 lives in the past four weeks.

On August 25, four teenagers lost their lives when the car they were in on the N72 Killarney to Mallow road hit a tree at 7.10am.

And on August 30, two more people were killed in road crashes.

A woman died after a collision between her car and a truck happened at around 5.20pm on the N9 in Kilkenny.

Earlier in the day, a man died and a woman injured in a road crash near Claremorris in Co Mayo around 3pm.

Peter Meenan, 61, from Ballyhaunis in Co Mayo died when the car he was driving was involved in a collision with a van at Coilmore on the main Claremorris to Ballyhaunis road.

He was pronounced dead at the scene; the woman has been taken to Mayo General Hospital.

In a separate incident much earlier in the day at around 4.30am, seven men were hospitalised in Mayo General Hospital after the car they were travelling in smashed into a wall and lamp post in the village of Foxford.

Just four weeks previously, seven youths had all died when the over-crowded car they were travelling in crashed in Donegal.

Their car collided with one driven by a pensioner – who also died – on his way back from bingo in Buncrana.

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