Motorcyclist (30) and student (21) die in road crashes

Canadian police have not named the dead woman
Canadian police have not named the dead woman

A motorcyclist has been killed in a two-vehicle collision on one of the busiest secondary roads in the country.

A 30-year-old man was pronounced dead at the scene after the motorcycle he was driving collided with a 4×4 vehicle on the R755, near Laragh, Co Wicklow, around 12.30pm yesterday.

The man, whose identity has not been released, is understood to be from the Greater Dublin Area. His body was removed to St Columcille’s Hospital, in Loughlinstown, for a post-mortem examination.

The driver of the other vehicle was not injured.

The stretch of road was closed for a time to facilitate an examination by forensic collision investigators.

Local Wicklow County councillor Shay Cullen said that the R755 is an extremely busy road, especially on Sundays, as it is the main road leading to the popular beauty spot at Glendalough.

“We’re seeing a huge number of cyclists and motorcyclists on that road,” he said.

“My condolences to the person’s family,” he said.

Meanwhile, police in Canada are continuing to investigate the death of a 21-year-old Irish woman who was killed in a single-vehicle accident while on a remote road in northern Saskatchewan, a province in central Canada.

The woman, whose name has not been released, was killed around 10.30am last Wednesday when the car she was driving rolled over on Highway 21 near Maidstone, a small farming town located about 200km north west of the city of Saskatoon.

There were unconfirmed reports yesterday that she was on placement as an agricultural science student at UCD and is from Malahide, north county Dublin.

A spokesman for the Royal Canadian Mounted Police in Saskatoon said the accident remains under investigation.

“We have a collision reconstructionist working on it,” she said.

However, she was unable to say what may have caused the crash except to say that a collision with wildlife is not believed to be a factor.

The Department of Foreign Affairs said it is liaising with the woman’s family.

Irish Independent

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