Athy crash: Four women killed, three injured in County Kildare

Scene of crash Image copyright RTE
Image caption A forensic investigation has been carried out at the scene

Four young women have been killed and another seriously injured in a crash in County Kildare in the Republic of Ireland.

The women were passengers in a car which collided with a van at about 21:45 GMT on Tuesday.

Those who died were Aisling Middleton of Athy, Kildare, Gemma Nolan and Niamh Doyle from Carlow town, all 19.

The fourth victim was Chermaine Carroll, 20, of Pollerton, Carlow.

The driver of the car, 20, remains seriously ill.

The crash happened on the N78 at Burtown, near Athy.

The two men travelling in the van were seriously injured, but managed to escape from the van before it caught fire.

Fr Frank McEvoy was called to the scene two hours after the crash.

He told Irish radio station, Newstalk, on Wednesday that it was a "very sad and very sobering" scene.

"It really brought it home. So many people are careful on the roads now but anything can happen," he said.

"Nothing could be done for those women, the inspector said to me the families would appreciate it if a priest came and prayed for them."

The road has been re-opened to traffic following a forensic investigation.

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