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Driver’s lucky escape as car hits black ice

The car which skidded on black ice on the Dundalk Carrickmacross Road just outside Dundalk on New Year's morning resulting in serious head injuries to the driver

The car which skidded on black ice on the Dundalk Carrickmacross Road just outside Dundalk on New Year's morning resulting in serious head injuries to the driver

A well-known Dundalk publican and four others had a lucky escape when the car they were travelling in hit black ice last week.

The car, with five people on board, overturned at Donaghmore, Kilkerley, at 5.30am on Wednesday morning of last week.

The 48-year-old driver, Mr Eugene McGeough of the Railway Bar, Carrick Road, Dundalk, was first reported as having been seriously injured.

But after treatment for slight injuries he was discharged from hospital later that day.

The car hit the black ice and overturned.

The road between Mount Avenue, Dundalk, and Thomastown Cross on the Carrick Road, was closed until further notice.

The weather played havoc with driving in the earlier part of the week causing difficulties for many drivers.

A section of the Dundalk-Castleblaney Road was closed for several hours near the Monaghan Armagh border after a fuel tanker hit a bridge and overturned.

The National safety Authority will be hoping that 2014 is a better year on our roads.

Last year was not at good year on Irish roads.

There were 180 collisions on Irish roads which resulted in 189 fatalities.

This represents 28 more collisions, and 27 more deaths compared to the same period in 2012. The year 2013 saw an increase in year-on-year fatalities for the first time since 2005.

This exceeded the number of fatalities in 2012 (162), and by a narrow margin, the number of fatalities in 2011 (186).

Based on a review of the monthly trends January, September and November 2013 stand out as months with the highest increase in fatalities as opposed to the same period in 2012.

There was a 100 per cent increase in January and November, and 70 per cent increase in September. In other months, smaller increases or declines in fatalities were evident.

 
 
 

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