Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 21 August 2014

Mum dies in Donegal holiday crash

Three children injured in tragedy at accident blackspot

Tributes: Siobhan Hutcheon
Tributes: Siobhan Hutcheon

Tributes have been paid to a woman from Northern Ireland who died in a car crash in Donegal at the weekend.

Siobhan Hutcheon (38) was travelling with three children when her car was in collision with a bus near Newtoncunningham on the main Letterkenny Road on Saturday afternoon.

The children were taken by ambulance to Altnagelvin Hospital and one child was transferred to the Royal Hospital for Sick Children on Sunday.

All are in a stable condition.

The driver of the bus was uninjured.

Mrs Hutcheon, who is originally from Londonderry, lived with her husband and children in Muff. Her husband is also believed to be from Derry.

It is understood they were travelling for a bank holiday break in the family's mobile home in Co Donegal when the accident occurred.

Mrs Hutcheon's body was removed to Letterkenny General Hospital for a post-mortem examination and the road was closed for a period while Garda forensic collision investigators examined the scene.

Those who knew Mrs Hutcheon have been paying tribute to her via social media.

One comment on the Derry Daily Facebook page read: "An amazing woman with a heart of gold." Another said: "She was an amazing woman, wonderful mother and loving wife, and the best friend anyone could ever have."

One woman commented: "This is just heartbreaking, never thought I'd see a friend's face pictured in such tragic circumstances."

Mrs Hutcheon's death brings to six the number of people killed on the same stretch of road in the last five years.

All the victims, including Mrs Hutcheon, were prayed for at the local All Saints Church in Manorcunningham yesterday.

Local county councillor, Paul Canning, who lives close to the scene of the crash, revealed there was a plan to look at straightening the dangerous stretch of road.

The road comes into a series of tight bends from two straight and long stretches from both the Letterkenny and Derry directions.

Derry Mayor Martin Reilly said he was saddened to hear of the tragedy.

"Once again this weekend we have another death on our roads," he said.

"It is tragic for this family and I wish to extend my condolences to them and to the wider family circle."

Gardai in Letterkenny are appealing for witnesses to the crash to contact them.

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