Sunday, 17th December 2017
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The deaths of five people in two separate road traffic accidents has cast a pall over the whole community in the South East in the run up to Christmas.

The first road fatality occurred on Sunday morning last when a cyclist was in collision with a vehicle on the roadway near Jaybee’s in the townland of Kilcop. He was named as Mr. Eric Rutter, Woodview, Dunmore East, Co. Waterford.

His remains were removed from University Hospital Waterford on Monday December 4th at 7pm to Killea Church.

Requiem Mass took place yesterday (Tuesday) December 5th at 11am. Burial in the adjoining cemetery.

Four other people were killed following a collision between a car and lorry on the main New Ross to Wexford road at 6.30 p.m. on Monday evening.

The incident happened at Begerin Hill between New Ross and Ballinaboola on the N25. The four victims of the accident all were travelling in the car and were all members of the one family.

They are a husband and wife in their early 70’s and their two sons in their 40’s. They are an Irish family living in the U.S.A. who had returned to Ireland to attend a family funeral.

Firefighters from New Ross and Wexford had to use cutting equipment to remove the four victims. They were removed to Waterford Regional

Hospital for post mortem.

The driver of the lorry, a man in his 40’s and his helper in his 30’s were unhurt in the collision but were both badly shaken and were treated for shock at the scene.

Gardai closed the road and diversions are in place until lunchtime yesterday (Tuesday).

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