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Catherina Cunnane
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Catherina Cunnane hails from a sixth-generation drystock and specialised pedigree suckler enterprise in Co. Mayo. She currently holds the positions of editor and general manager at That's Farming, having joined the firm during its start-up phase in 2015.
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Two drivers (20s) die after livestock lorry crash

Two people have died following a road traffic crash involving a livestock lorry and two other vehicles in the UK.

Emergency services were called at 8:10am on February 18th to reports of a serious road traffic collision on the A65 Addingham, Wharfedale Road, Ilkley.

The drivers of both cars involved in the fatal crash, a man in his 20s and a woman in her 20s, were pronounced dead at the scene, a spokesperson for West Yorkshire Police confirmed.

The driver of the lorry, a male, was taken to hospital with “significant” injuries. According to reports, approximately 20 emergency services vehicles and an air ambulance were deployed to the scene of the multi-vehicle crash.

Anyone who witnessed the collision or who was in the area at this time and has any dashcam footage or any further information is asked to contact the Major Collision Enquiry Team via 101 quoting log number 284 of 18 February.

Livestock lorry crash victims

Police have released the names of those killed in the fatal road traffic collision. Mr Oliver Knott, 21 from Ilkley, died when his Black Ford Fiesta collided with a lorry carrying livestock, which was travelling in the opposite direction.

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Dr Maisie Ryan, 27 from Leeds, died after the lorry struck her Grey Fiat 500, following the collision with Mr Knott’s vehicle.

Friends of the “beautiful, kind, caring and sensitive” Maisie have created a JustGiving page to raise funds for Anthony Nolan in her memory.

The charity was close to the doctor’s heart and “one which she worked with throughout her medical training and beyond”, her friends said.

The charity matches individuals willing to donate their blood stem cells or bone marrow to people with blood cancer and blood disorders who desperately need lifesaving transplants.

Investigations continue 

In a statement, a police spokesperson said: “The cause of the collision is still under investigation, and Police are appealing for witnesses, DashCam or phone footage of the incident, to come forward.”

“Anyone who is able to assist is asked to contact the Major Collision Enquiry Team via 101 or use the live chat facility at quoting log number 284 of 18 February.”

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