30 year old woman dies after she ‘reversed her car into swollen river’

A woman has died after reversing her car into a swollen river in what police have called a “freak accident”.

Sara Ahmed, 30, tragically died after shocked onlookers raised the alarm that a car had gone into a flowing Irish river. Emergency services rushed to the waterway but Sara, a doctor at Mayo University Hospital, was pronounced dead at the scene.

Sara’s vehicle was found partly submerged at what is known as Hoban’s Carpark, Castlebar. The river, which drains Lough Lannagh, was particularly swollen on Friday night due to recent heavy rainfall.

A post mortem of Sara’s body is due to take place.

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