A jury has returned verdicts of accidental death at inquest arising from a car crash that claimed the lives of three generations of the same family in Co Mayo last year.

Mary Ann Wilson, 67, her 39-year-old daughter, Marcella, and her six-year-old son, Sean, died when the car they were travelling in collided with a truck on the N17 outside Claremorris on 11 September 2017.

All three suffered traumatic head injuries and died at the scene.

One of those who saw the incident, John Fallon from Ballindine, said “everything happened in an instant”, when he saw something impacting with the side of the truck being driven along the N17 by Mr Tierney.

The car went under the truck and emerged seconds later.

The inquest heard how witnesses and emergency service personnel worked to assist the occupants of the car in the moments after the crash. However, they each sustained fatal injuries in the collision.

Coroner Pat O’Connor described the deaths as a “horror” and said words could not describe the scale of the tragedy.

He expressed his sincere sympathies to the Wilson family and the wider community in Binghamstown and Belmullet for the tragic losses that had affected them.

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Source: RTE