Drogheda lorry crash victim was from Castlerock

The scene of the crash on the M1 near Drogheda
The scene of the crash on the M1 near Drogheda

The lorry driver who died following a collision near Drogheda on Thursday was Richard Patterson from Castlerock.

His vehicle collided with a van on the M1 motorway before overturning on a roadside embankment shortly before 1pm on Thursday.

Mr Patterson lived with his partner and young child in the village but was not originally from the area. He is understood to have been in his 40s.

One friend of the family, who did not wish to be named, described Mr Patterson as a “hard-working family man” and a “really decent fella”.

The mayor of Drogheda has extended his sympathies to the Patterson family circle.

Mayor Kevin Callan said that up to 50 emergency services personnel attended the incident.

Mr Patterson was pronounced dead at the scene. His body was later taken to Our Lady of Lourdes hospital in Drogheda for a post-mortem examination.

A Garda forensic team is now investigating the circumstances surrounding the collision.

“Everybody in the town is shocked to hear the news,” Mr Callan said.

“Number one that there was a crash of this size, but also the fact that somebody has lost their life.

“I think I speak on behalf of everyone in Drogheda when we extend our sympathies, and our thoughts and prayers are with the family.”

Investigating gardai are appealing for witnesses to contact Drogheda garda station at (041) 987 4200 or the confidential line on 1800 666111.