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Dublin: 20°C Tuesday 9 August 2022

"It's just total devastation" - Louth community reels from tragic road deaths of two women

The two women have since been named locally as Josie Duff and Kathy McDonald, who were first cousins aged in their 70s.

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Updated 08.40

THE N2 ROAD near Ardee, Co Louth, remains closed this morning after two women, both aged in their 70s, were struck and killed as they exited a bus yesterday evening.

Gardaí have confirmed the road remains closed. It is expected to reopen at 10am this morning.

The two women have since been named locally as Josie Duff (79) and Kathy McDonald (70). The two women were first cousins.

The collision occurred at about 6.30pm yesterday evening at Hunterstown, just south of Ardee.

Local councillor Jim Tenanty said that “everybody is just shocked” in the aftermath of accident.

“It’s just total devastation and shock, the news has gone around the community,” he said.

I called down to the scene myself but the gardaí had it blocked off. It’s terrible.

The two women had been crossing the road in order to reach their own vehicle when they were hit by an oncoming car.

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The bodies of the two women were taken to Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital where a post-mortem is scheduled to take place today. The driver of the car was uninjured.

A forensic examination by Garda collision investigators is ongoing.

Gardaí have appealed for witnesses to contact them either at Ardee Garda Station on 041 6871130, on the Garda Confidential Telephone Line 1800 666111, or at any Garda station.

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