West of Ireland community in shock as two pedestrians die after car crash

West of Ireland community in shock as two pedestrians die after car crash

A LOCAL councillor has spoken of a community left in shock after the death of two women following a car crash last night.

Sinn Féin Councillor for Ballinasloe Dermot Connolly said therre was 'a deep sadness' today after the woman, both in their fifties, died in a road traffic collision in Ballinalsoe, Co. Galway.

He said the everyone's thoughts and prayers are with the families of those affected.

Councillor Connolly told the Irish Sun: “It is an awful tragedy. It is an awful and terrible experience.

"It is something you often hear about and you wish never comes to your door but unfortunately it has hit our community.

“All our thoughts and prayers go out to the families but of course that will be of little solace to them at this time.”

The women were on foot when they were struck by a car that had collided with a second vehicle.

The incident took place at around 5.40pm on Station Road.

Both women were pronounced dead at the scene and their bodies were removed to Portiuncula Hospital in Ballinasloe.

Gardaí said: “The Station Road (R358) is closed from the junction with the R348 to before the train station to facilitate an examination by Garda Forensic Collision Investigators.

“Diversions are in place via the Killure Rd to access the Train Station from the Ballinasloe side."

Witnesses are asked to contact Ballinasloe Garda Station on 090 9631890, the Garda Confidential Telephone Line on 1800 666 111 or any Garda Station.