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The driver of a car that was involved in a fatal head-on collision with a rented car has told an inquest he did everything he could to avoid it.

Brendan Carmody told Tralee Coroner’s Court he thought both cars were going to burst into flames after impact.

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The accident at Ballynane, Annascaul last September, claimed the life of American tourist, Susan Maher.

Susan Maher was holidaying in Kerry when the rented car in which she was a front-seat passenger collided head on with another vehicle.

The accident happened at Ballynane on the Tralee to Annascaul road on September 11th last year.

The 60-year-old from Woodbury, Minnesota, was taken by ambulance to Kerry General Hospital. She was pronounced dead at the Accident and Emergency department later that night.

The driver of the other car, Brendan Carmody, was on his way home from work when he saw the rented car move to his side of the road.

He said he did everything to avoid it but it kept on coming.

A postmortem examination carried out by Dr Margot Bolster the following day revealed Ms Maher died from hemorrhage and shock due to blunt force trauma to the chest and abdomen consistent with a traffic accident.