Belfast Telegraph

Families hold vigil for crash family

By Sarah Stack

The families of an Irish couple left fighting for their lives after a car crash killed their son and unborn child, are maintaining a vigil at their hospital bedsides.

The young victim, named locally as two-year-old Oisin Twomey, died and his father Con — ‘Connie’ — and mother Elber were critically injured while holidaying in England.

The family, from Meelin, Kanturk, Co Cork, were expecting a second child who also died in the high-speed crash in Torquay, Devon, on Friday afternoon.

A Polish man in his 20s, who was driving the second car, was arrested at the scene but later died.

Mr and Mrs Twomey both come from tight-knit families in north Cork and their parents and siblings flew to the UK on Friday when the news broke.

It is understood they had only recently built their dream home, a bungalow outside the village of Meelin.

Prayers were said for the family at Mass yesterday.

The road was closed for more than 10 hours while the vehicles were recovered and forensic examinations took place.

Twenty-five emergency service vehicles attended the incident, along with three air ambulances, including one from Dorset, which helped carry all four occupants of the cars to hospital.

Both parents have undergone surgery.

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