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Man and boy killed after car collides with truck in horrific head-on smash in Republic of Ireland

The scene of the crash in Co Offaly
The scene of the crash in Co Offaly

By Ralph Riegel

A man and a child have died and two other children have been injured, one of them critically, following an horrific head-on crash between a car and a lorry in the Republic of Ireland.

Emergency services said the scene of the crash outside Tullamore, Co Offaly, yesterday afternoon was one of "carnage".

A 30-year-old man, the driver of the car, and a five-year-old boy lost their lives.

Two other children were also in the car, a girl and a boy.

Last night the girl was said to be fighting for her life. She was airlifted to Crumlin Children's Hospital in Dublin and was due to have emergency surgery.

The boy was taken by ambulance to the Midland Regional Hospital in Tullamore with serious injuries.

The driver of the articulated lorry was also taken to the Tullamore hospital with minor injuries.

A major emergency response operation was launched following the crash on the N80 Tullamore to Mountmellick Road at around 5pm. The scene of the accident, at Scrubb, Killeigh, was sealed off last night as Garda forensic collision investigators examined the scene.

A man who lives about 150 metres from the crash site, said last night: "I was here at home around 5pm and I heard a bang. When I went outside I saw (on the side of the road) the driver out (of the cab) with a phone in his hand. I thought no more of it until a bystander said he thought there was a fatality."

Despite a series of heavy rain showers throughout yesterday, the man said the weather was fine at the time of the accident.

Although the accident occurred at the top of a hill, he said that stretch of road is not considered hazardous, although the N80 is a very busy road, especially between 5pm and 6pm.

Local resident Rob Kelly, who lives just outside the village, said the news of the deaths came as a shock to locals and he described it at a "tragedy".

He said the stretch of road where the accident happened is very busy at rush hour.

He said the accident was the first serious one of its kind in the area.

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