Six people dead on roads so far this weekend

The scene of the crash in Moycullen.

Six people have died on our roads so far this bank holiday weekend.

Yesterday a woman in her 20s died in Co Mayo while a 67-year-old woman and a 19-year-old man died in a road accident outside Newry in Co Down.

Niamh Campbell, 23, was killed instantly yesterday when the car she was driving went out of control and crashed through a lamppost and a wall into a garden on the N17 near Knock Airport, Co Mayo.

Her car was badly damaged in the impact, which occurred on a bend near the entrance to Knock Airport at approximately 7.30am. Locals say the scene is an accident blackspot.

On Saturday, mother-of-five Margaret Keady and her husband John were travelling home in the early hours of Saturday morning when their car struck a wall on the outskirts of Moycullen village and overturned on the N59 Galway to Clifden road.

The crash happened at 4.30am. No other vehicle was involved.

Ms Keady, who lived with her family at Slieveaneena, Moycullen, was pronounced dead at the scene and her remains were taken to Galway University Hospital.

An autopsy later took place and an inquest into her death will be held at a future date.

Her husband was also taken to the Galway hospital for treatment, but his injuries are not believed to be life-threatening.

Gardaí at Salthill are appealing for anyone who was travelling on the N59 close to Moycullen between 4am and 5am on Saturday to contact them at 091 514720.

In the North, four people died on the roads over the weekend.

A 67-year-old woman and a 19-year-old man died in a crash outside Newry in Co Down.

Police said that two cars collided on the old Dublin Road south of Newry.

On Friday night, two British soldiers, David Gwilt from Bedford and Dale Harris, from Barnsley, both aged 24, were killed when their car collided with a tractor near Cullybackey in Co Antrim.

These deaths bring the number of fatalities this year to 119, representing an increase on last year.

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