Monday 25 September 2017

Boy (4) among eight injured in five-vehicle horror smash

Fiona Donnelly

A four-year-old boy was among those injured following a five-vehicle road crash in County Cork on Monday afternoon.

A woman in her thirties and the four-year-old boy were described as being in a critical condition at the scene, three others are being treated for injuries which are not believed to be life threatening while a further three people were treated for minor injuries at the scene by paramedics.

The young boy has since said to have improved and is in a stable condition.

The horror smash happened at 1.40pm at Glencaum, about one mile outside the village of Rathduff on the N20 main Cork Limerick Road.  One articulated truck, a BMW car, an Opel Vectra car, a Citroen Berlingo van and a Volkswagon Transporter van were involved.

Five ambulances, units of the fire service from Anglesea Street in Cork city and Mallow and gardai attended the scene.  Five people were rushed by ambulance to Cork University Hospital and the Mercy University Hospital in Cork city. 

Forensic Collision Investigators have examined the scene in a bid to determine the cause of the crash.  There was a major oil spill on the road which had to be washed using a biochemical and the road was declared unsafe for driving until 9 o’clock Sunday night.

The N20 Cork/ Limerick Rd between Rathduff and Mallow reopened shortly before 9pm on Monday night.

Gardai are appealing to anyone who may have witnessed the incident to contact them at either Gurranabraher or Blarney Garda Stations.

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