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US family-of-four killed in horrific crash hours after arriving in Ireland

Four members of the same family from the United States have been killed in horrific road crash in the Republic of Ireland.

The three males and a female were the occupants of a car that was involved in a collision with a lorry on the N25 near New Ross, Co Wexford.

They died just hours after arriving in the country.

A couple in their 70s and their two sons aged in their 40s, died when their car was in collision with a articulated lorry on a main road at around 6.30pm on Monday, December 4.          

The four are all believed to be from Illinois and had flown into Shannon Airport earlier yesterday for the funeral of a relative in Co Wexford.

The scene of the crash remains sealed off by police who have closed a section of the N25 near Cushinstown.

Crash investigators could be scene working at the scene of devastation, carrying out measurements and other forensic work.

The articulated truck and car could be seen at the side of the road in their final resting positions following the crash. The cab of the truck turned sideways in the impact and jack-knifed, and was buried into the side of its own trailer.

The car that the family were traveling in could be seen just in front of the cab of the truck.

It's roof had been removed by emergency crews who arrived to treat the injured.

Initial indications are the crash happened on a bend in the road at the top of a hill.

Further down the road the spire of the Church of St Mary in Cushinstown can be seen.

It was to this church the family were due to travel at noon today to attend the funeral of local woman Winnie Keevey.

It is believed the woman who was killed in the crash was a relative of Winnie's.

Residents described the scene as "absolutely horrific" with debris scattered all over the roadside.

Gardaí, New Ross Fire Brigade and a fleet of ambulances raced to the scene of the crash just off the N25 between Cushinstown and Begern Cross on the New Ross to Ballinaboola road.

Paramedics desperately tried to stabilise the condition of two critically injured people. However, two others were pronounced dead immediately.

They are understood to have been trapped in the car when emergency services arrived.

The other two casualties died before they could be transferred to University Hospital Waterford.

The lorry driver and his passenger avoided serious injury, although the driver was treated at the scene for severe shock.

Driving conditions were described as reasonable at the time, although visibility was somewhat restricted by mist and drizzle.

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