Three generations of a county Mayo family were killed yesterday when their car collided with an articulated lorry on the N17 near Claremorris.
The victims were named locally last night as Marcella Wilson (in her 40s), who lived
in Belmullet, her seven-year old son, Sean, and her mother Mary Ann Wilson.
Mary Ann Wilson, aged in her 70s, is from Cross, Binghamstown, on the Erris Peninsula, with her husband, Josie. Marcella Wilson, aged in her 40s, is survived by 3 children Amy (16), Kelly (14) and Anthony (8).
Marcella is understood to have been the driver of the Citroen car which collided with a northbound truck at Lisduff, Claremorris around 1pm.
The saloon car was, in the words of passing motorists, "totally wrecked" in the impact.
The three victims, who are believed to have been travelling to Galway, died instantly.
The driver of the lorry was treated for shock by medical rescue teams following the impact.
The victims' car had emerged from the link road to Claremorris onto the N17 when the collision occurred.
The tragedy has shocked and saddened the Erris community as news of the accident filtered through early yesterday afternoon.
This morning local priest Fr Kevin Hegarty spoke to Midwest News about the huge sense of loss in the community. He sympathised with the Wilson’s families, neighbours and friends.
He said while there are no words that can comfort the family’s loss at present, but explained that the support of the community is with them all.
Senator Rose Conway Walsh knows the family well and she described the news of their deaths as complete devastation.
There was a palpable feeling of loss and gloom in the chamber of Mayo County Council yesterday as councillors held their first monthly meeting following the summer recess.
Claremorris Councillor Richard Finn, the Cathaoirleach of the authority , led a minute's silence in memory of the deceased at the start of the meeting.
He said the whole community is heartbroken over the loss of life and the pain which the family and other loved ones must now endure.