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Thursday 25 May 2017

Four people killed and nine more injured following 24 hours of carnage on Irish roads

* Three people killed in Waterford crash and six people injured
* Man killed in Cork this morning while child taken to hospital with serious injuries
* Both roads currently closed

A Garda checkpoint at the fatal road traffic accident on the N72 outside Dungarvan, Co Waterford
Picture: Patrick Browne
A Garda checkpoint at the fatal road traffic accident on the N72 outside Dungarvan, Co Waterford Picture: Patrick Browne

Ralph Riegel and Amy Molloy

Twenty-four hours of carnage on Irish roads has seen four people killed and nine more injured in two separate collisions.

A man has died following a two-car collision outside Fermoy in north Cork this morning.

It is understood that a 4x4 and a car were involved in the accident.

A child, understood to be a passenger in one of the vehicles, suffered serious injuries.

That vehicle also contained an adult and a second child - both of whom were also hospitalised.

However, they are not understood to be seriously injured.

On Sunday, a trip to a Christmas festival ended tragically with three people killed and six more injured in a horrific road smash.

Two cars, a small saloon and a people carrier, were involved in the head-on collision on Military Road, some 5km outside Dungarvan in Waterford at 10am.

The smaller car exploded in an intense fireball seconds after impact, killing three men.

The adults left injured were named locally as Gary Fenton from Cobh and Mary Bermingham from Banteer in Co Cork.

Both underwent emergency surgery last night.

The six injured in the people carrier were airlifted from the scene to Cork University Hospital (CUH) and University Hospital Waterford (UHW).

The four children are aged between six and fourteen years.

RTE is reporting that one of the children has special needs.

All three deceased are young men but will need to be identified from dental records.

One of the deceased is believed to be in his late teens.

Reports say that gardaí are making some progress identifying some of the men involved and family members have been contacted.

The collision took place shortly before 10am on the Military Road, the N72, which acts as a bypass route for Dungarvan in west Waterford and the road is expected to remain closed until 12pm.

Meanwhile, AA Roadwatch are reporting the N72 Fermoy/Mallow Rd is closed at Castlehyde between Fermoy and Ballyhooly following the fatal crash this morning.

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