Relatives of three men killed in the horrific road crash near Cashel last Friday night made the heartbreaking journey from Romania to Ireland this week to assist gardai in identifying the remains of their loved ones.
Next of kin of the three deceased were due at Waterford Regional Hospital yesterday (Tuesday) afternoon to formally identify the bodies of the three accident victims aged in their 20s and 30s.
Mayor of Cashel Michael Browne said it was an awful tragedy and on behalf of the people of the town extended his condolences to the families of the three men.
Gardai engaged the assistance of the Romanian Embassy in contacting the men's families.
Supt. Tom Duggan said their investigations indicate that the three men were not in Ireland long. They stayed in a hostel in Dublin for a period earlier this month but it wasn't known where they resided in the last week before their tragic deaths.
He said the identities of the deceased would not be released by gardai until all relatives had been notified of their deaths.
The crash happened about 10.50pm on Friday at Deansgrove, Cashel on the old N8 Dublin to Cork Road about 3km from the centre of the town.
According to gardai, the three Romanian men were travelling south towards Cashel in a Volkswagen Passat when the head-on collision with a rigid truck travelling in the opposite direction occurred. It's believed the Volkswagen travelled onto its wrong side of the road just before the collision took place.
The car ended up buried underneath the lorry and a crane had to be sent to the scene on Saturday to lift the lorry from the car and enable emergency services to cut the bodies out of the mangled vehicle.
The bodies were removed from the car around 12.30pm on Saturday and taken to Waterford Regional Hospital.
The 33 years-old driver of the truck from Templemore was brought to South Tipperary General Hospital where he was treated for shock.
Supt. Tom Duggan said it was a terrible and shocking tragedy and pointed out that the Gardai's investigation into its cause was continuing.
He re-issued the public appeal for any witnesses to the crash to assist the Gardai in their investigations. They can do so by contacting Cahir Garda Station at (052) 7445630.