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Belfast man (69) is killed after car crash in Co Sligo

By Angela Rainey

Published 30/03/2016

Gardai have appealed for witnesses
Gardai have appealed for witnesses

A Belfast pensioner was killed after his car hit a ditch in Co Sligo on Easter Monday.

The body of John Niall Greenan (69), from the Malone Road in south Belfast, was recovered by gardai from the ditch in Castlegal, Cliffoney.

Mr Greenan was the sole occupant of the car and no other vehicles were involved.

His body was taken to Sligo University Hospital, where a post-mortem examination will take place.

It is thought the procedure will be carried out today.

It is understood the car Mr Greenan was driving collided with the ditch at about 3pm. A technical and forensic examination of the scene has been completed by Garda forensic collision investigators and the road has since been reopened to traffic.

There has been no information released on the possible cause of the accident.

Meanwhile, the main A1 road from Belfast to Dublin was closed close to the border because of two separate car accidents on the south side of the border yesterday.

Also in the Republic, as many as 15 vehicles were caught up in a major pile-up at one of the country’s busiest road junctions.

A section of the Cork-Waterford N25 road between Fota Island and Little Island was closed following the accident shortly before 3pm yesterday.

The major accident was blamed on poor weather conditions including high winds and torrential rain.

Initial reports indicated that 10 people were injured.

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