Gardai in Ardee have confirmed that only two vehicles were involved in Friday’s fatal collision on the N2 north of the town which left three woman dead.
Initially, it was believed – and widely reported – that three cars were involved in the incident which happened shortly before 1am on Friday morning. Margaret McGonigle (69) from Castlereagh in Bruckless Co. Donegal, daughter Mairead Munday (39) and her friend Rachel Battles (37), both from Ballyloughan in Bruckless, died instantly in the crash at Aclint Bridge between Ardee and Carrickmacross.
However, despite Gardai previously stating that three cars were involved, they have now said they are satisified that only two cars were involved in the smash, report LMFM. A man in his 30s, the driver of the second car, remains in hospital.
A six-year-old girl, a daughter of Ms Battles, was injured and brought to Our Lady’s Of Lourdes Hospital in Drogheda before transferring to Crumlin’s Children Hospital in Dublin. The family were travelling along the N2 on the way back to Donegal from Dublin Airport. They had arrived back from a holiday in Turkey late on Thursday night. Other family members of the deceased were also travelling back to Bruckless, including Ms Munday’s son 13-year-old son Caoimhin.
Speaking at the scene on Friday, Ardee Gardai Superintendent Fergus Traynor said “It was a very substantial accident. It was a tough scene. The road was wet but it wasn’t raining at the time of the accident. Later, weather conditions deteriorated horrendously with very heavy rain at the scene.”
The funerals of Ms McGonigle and Ms Mundy took place on Monday morning, with Ms Battles funeral taking place later in the afternoon.