INISHOWEN CRASHES

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The “quiet” bank holiday weekend resulted in three car crashes and three suspected drink driving arrests for Inishowen.

Speaking to the ‘Journal’ yesterday Inspector David Murphy from Buncrana Gardai said until Sunday they were experiencing a quiet bank holiday weekend, but then that evening, things took a definite turn for the worse on Inishowen’s roads.

A three car collision in the Glasmullan area of Drumfries resulted in serious injury.

“A 20-year-old male was seriously injured and immediately removed from the scene and taken to Altnagelvin hospital for treatment.”

Inspector Murphy said it was too early to say what had caused the action, but confirmed Gardai have now launched an investigation into the cause of the accident.

“We are appealling to any witnesses who were travelling on the Buncrana to Clonmany road between 10.30pm and 11pm to contact Buncrana Gardai immediately with any relevant information they have on the accident.”

Just ten minutes later the accident in Drumfries, there was another accident in the Lisfannon area at 11.10pm.

“Thankfully this accident wasn’t as serious as the one before, but it left us extremely busy at this time.

“I know the weather was extremely wet at this time of the night, so perhaps this attributed to the accidents but at this time we are at the early stages of the investigation so this is why we are appealing for witnesses.”

The Buncrana based Inspector confirmed earlier in the evening there was another car accident in the Ballyliffin area, however confirmed injuries were not serious.

Weekend Crackdown

These accidents come days after Gardai announced there would be a crack down on driving offences across the bank holiday weekend.

“The special operation has been ongoing all weekend and it is continuing at the moment. We have had checkpoints all over the county,” said Insp. Murphy.

“So far we have had three arrests due to suspected drink driving offences.”

It is also believed the gardai were targeting boy racers and people using their mobile phones whilst driving.

Traffic corps gardai also fear that there are still too many boy racers causing problems for other drivers.

GoSafe speed camera vans were also out in force across the peninsula over the weekend at accident blackspots where there have been deaths in the past in a bid to curb driving offences and make Inishowen’s roads safer.

It is known there was a whole host of minor accidents right across the county as the atrocious weather on Sunday left many roads in a treacherous condition.