Man killed in fatal road traffic collision in Limerick

Alan Owens

Reporter:

Alan Owens

A LOCAL man killed in a tragic head on collision between his motorbike and a four wheel drive on the Limerick to Tipperary road has been named as 29-year old Alex Murphy from the Old Cork Road.

A LOCAL man killed in a tragic head on collision between his motorbike and a four wheel drive on the Limerick to Tipperary road has been named as 29-year old Alex Murphy from the Old Cork Road.

The fatal collision took place at Cloghnadromin, Ballysimon, close to Beary’s Cross at around 1.30pm on Sunday afternoon. The Limerick to Tipperary road was closed for several hours as a result of the accident.

The man died after his motorbike collided head-on with the 4X4 vehicle beside the ‘Great Gas’ petrol station at Beary’s Cross. The four wheel drive vehicle was towing a horsebox and the force of the collision saw the motorcyclist crash through the horsebox, before being thrown nearly 20ft into a nearby field. His body was removed from the scene at about 4.30pm and the road was closed for the afternoon as a technical examination was carried out, but was later reopened.

The driver of the other vehicle, who was an elderly male on his way to collect a horse in a nearby village, was not injured but was treated for shock at the scene.

The motorcyclist is the fourth person killed on Limerick roads this year.

Gardai at Roxboro Road are appealing for witnesses to the incident and can be contacted on 061-214340.