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Irish father-of-one dies in truck crash in Australia

Seamus Walsh had been living in Australia for several years with his young family.

Highway near Nabiac where the collision occurred.
Highway near Nabiac where the collision occurred.
Image: Live Traffic NSW

Updated Jul 26th 2019, 5:41 PM

AN IRISH MAN has died in a horrific road crash in Australia.

Seamus Walsh (38) originally from Ballyhale, Co Kilkenny was killed when his truck collided with another on a highway in New South Wales late last night. 

Mr Walsh, who was married and father to a seven-year-old girl, had moved to Australia in 2007 and ran his own haulage business.

Locals in his native Kilcready were shocked to learn the news of his death this morning.

Mr Walsh came from a farming background and his grandfather Jimmy Walsh captained Kilkenny to an All-Ireland hurling title in 1932.

Details of the fatal crash are still emerging.

Local Fianna Fáil TD Bobby Aylward who knows the family said: “It’s very sad news for a local family and everyone is very shocked on hearing (what has happened).

“I just spoke to Rena this morning and she is devastated. (Our thoughts) are with his family parents, Pat, Rena, Liam and Claire.”

According to Mirage News and Australian Abc broadcaster, investigations are underway following a fatal truck crash on the state’s Mid North Coast overnight.

About midnight, emergency services were called to the Pacific Highway, south of Nabiac, near Forster, following reports two B-doubles travelling northbound had collided.

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The second driver was taken to John Hunter Hospital in a stable condition.

Officers from Manning-Great Lakes Police District established a crime scene and with the assistance of the Crash Investigation Unit, are investigating the circumstances surrounding the crash.

A report is being  prepared for the information of the Coroner.

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