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Motorist’s death sparks renewed calls for work on N5 junctions


‘SPEED LIMIT NEEDS TO BE REDUCED’  Fianna Fáil councillor Michael Smyth.

Gardaí currently investigating fatal road collision on N5

Anton McNulty

MAYO County Council and Transport Infrastructure Ireland (TII) have been urged to carry out safety work at junctions along the N5 in Swinford to avoid anymore fatalities.
Gardaí in Swinford are currently investigating a fatal road-traffic collision that occurred along the N5 at Carracanada, Swinford, on Friday afternoon in which a 64-year-old motorist was killed.
Brian Bacon from Kilkelly died when the car he was driving was involved in a collision with another car and a truck at the junction of the Kilkelly road. The accident occurred at approximately 12.15pm on Friday, March 15.
Mr Bacon was pronounced dead at the scene and was removed to Mayo University Hospital in Castlebar for a postmortem examination. A male driver of a second car received minor injuries.  

‘Six exits’
Swinford-based councillor Michael Smyth told The Mayo News that he has raised the safety concerns regarding the R320 and R375 junctions along the N5 on a number of occasions. Cllr Smyth said more people will be killed unless safety measures are taken.
“There has been a number of incidents on that road, and I have raised this with the TII and Mayo County Council, but unfortunately it seems there hasn’t been enough deaths for anything to be done about it. Crossing that road is horrendous, and more people are going to be killed.
“There are about six exits onto the N5 near Swinford, and that is way too many. The road was built in 1980, and it would never have been allowed to be built like that now. The road is getting busier, and the way it is now, it is too easy for people to be rear-ended,” he said.
The speed limit along that stretch of the N5 is 100km per hour, and Cllr Smyth believes that the speed limit needs to be reduced. He also feels that a roundabout at the junction of the N5 and N26 could also help to reduce traffic speeds.

Brian Bacon was a native of England, but he lived in Kilkelly for the last ten years, having moved to the area with his partner, Rose. Kilkelly-based councillor John Caulfield said that during the short time that Mr Bacon lived in the community he had made a contribution to local life, adding that he will be sadly missed.
“He was very well-got in the community and was very popular and his death is a huge loss to the community. He helped out with the senior citizens, and if anyone needed help, he would always be willing to help. His death was met with shock and sadness. To his partner Rose, we send her our deepest sympathies,” Cllr Caulfield said.
Cllr Caulfield echoed Cllr Symth’s call for safety works to be carried out at the N5 junctions.
The road was closed and diversions were put in place on Friday afternoon, to facilitate an examination by Garda Forensic Collision Investigators.
Gardaí are asking witnesses to contact Swinford Garda Station on 094 9252990, the Garda Confidential Telephone Line on 1800 666 111 or any Garda station.

MPU Mayo