Two US tourists killed in pony-and-trap accident in Co Kerry

The man and woman were thrown from their jaunting car as they were sightseeing at the Gap of Dunloe
John Monaghan

TWO American tourists have been killed in an accident involving a pony-and-trap in Co Kerry.

The man and woman died after their jaunting car overturned at the Gap of Dunloe near Killarney at around 2pm yesterday.

They are believed to have suffered fatal head injuries when the horse and jaunting car went over them after they were thrown from the vehicle.

It is understood that the man and woman are both from the US and are aged in their 50s and 60s.

The pair had been using the trap type vehicle to navigate the terrain along the scenic MacGillycuddy's Reeks near Killarney. It has been reported that the horse jolted as the jaunting car was coming round a bend in the road.

The ponyman, thought to be in his 20s, did not sustain any serious injuries but was left badly shaken and was treated for shock.

A spokesman for the Health and Safety Authority said they would work closely with Gardaí to determine the exact cause of the incident.

They have appealed for anyone who was in the area at the time to contact them.

It is the second fatal incident at the Gap of Dunloe within the past year, after another US tourist, a woman in her 60s, was killed after being hit by a car while cycling last May.

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