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Monday 1 September 2014

Motorcyclist dies in collision on busy dual-carriageway

Ralph Riegel and Pat Flynn

Published 12/03/2014 | 02:30

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The crash scene in Cork
The car that ploughed into a river in Co Clare

A YOUNG motorcyclist died after being thrown off his bike and catapulted across a busy dual-carriageway.

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Gardai have appealed for witnesses to the horrific accident on Cork's South Link Road shortly before 11.30am yesterday.

The biker was travelling eastwards from Bishopstown towards the Jack Lynch Tunnel when he was in collision with a car travelling in the same direction.

The collision occurred just 200m from the Kinsale Road flyover.

Paramedics were on the scene within minutes but the man was pronounced dead before he could be transferred to the nearby Cork University Hospital (CUH).

He had sustained multiple head and chest injuries.

Officers said the road was quite busy at the time and they believe a number of motorists must have seen the accident.

Gardai particularly want to trace the driver of a black BMW coupe-type car, which was travelling eastwards in the same direction as the biker.

CCTV security camera footage is expected to play a crucial role in the investigation.

The name of the deceased is being withheld until all the man's relatives have been contacted.

Meanwhile, in Co Clare, an 86-year-old man had a lucky escape yesterday after his car ploughed down a 20ft bank and into a river.

The accident happened at around 4.30pm, just minutes after pensioner Anthony Harvey had left a local shop in the village of Kilmaley and returned to his car.

Mr Harvey was sitting in his Suzuki car preparing to drive home when the car suddenly lunged forward through a fence and down the river bank. The car came to a stop after it hit the opposite bank but remained upright.

Several locals and a passing nurse witnessed the accident and jumped into action. A number of men climbed down the riverbank and others raised the alarm.

The vehicle was removed from the river and taken from the scene by a recovery crew.

Irish Independent

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