Tuesday, August 11, 2020

A recommendation that a safety audit be carried out on the N5 at Swinford was made at a coroner’s court yesterday.

Mayo coroner Pat O’Connor.

After hearing evidence into the death of Brian Bacon, Cloughvoley,
Aghamore, who was fatally injured in an accident at Carrowcanada on March 15, 2019, Coroner Pat O’Connor asked that Transport Infrastructure Ireland, Mayo County Council and An Garda Síochána carry out “a full and detailed” survey of the area.

Mr O’Connor said there had been too many fatalities on the stretch of the national route bypassing Swinford in the past 20 years.

“I don’t think it’s a coincidence that so many serious accidents, so many serious injuries and regrettably, so many deaths have occurred on that stretch of road.”

He asked that the safety audit extend 3kms either side of Carrowcanada.

The inquest heard that Mr Bacon, a 64-year-old retired man, was turning right off the N5 into Swinford when he was hit from behind.

The car, driven by Teresa Harrington of Trout Hill, Charlestown, sent Mr Bacon’s vehicle into the path of an oncoming truck.

A post-mortem found Mr Bacon died from traumatic chest injuries caused by the accident.

Recording a verdict of accidental death, Mr O’Connor expressed his sympathies to Mr Bacon’s daughter and his partner.

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