Pensioner (78) dies and sister injured in crash
A Pensioner died and her elderly sister was injured following a head-on collision between a car and a truck.
The accident, on the Cork-Kanturk Road in north Cork, occurred shortly before noon yesterday.
A 78-year-old woman suffered multiple serious injuries in the collision. She was pronounced dead at the scene by a local GP before she could be transferred to hospital.
A 75-year-old woman, believed to be a sister of the deceased, was injured in the collision and was transferred to Cork University Hospital.
Her condition is understood to be stable and she is being treated for non life-threatening injuries.
Both women were occupants of the hatchback car.
The truck driver was not physically injured but was treated at the scene for severe shock.
Gardaí closed the road between Nadd and Banteer to allow for a detailed examination of the scene by forensic collision investigators. Local diversions remained in place yesterday evening.
The deceased is from the area and is understood to have been travelling home from a shopping trip when the tragedy occurred.
Weather conditions may have played a role in the tragedy with heavy rain showers and spot-flooding of some roads around the north Cork area.
Gardaí appealed to anyone who may have witnessed the collision or the movement of the vehicles involved to contact Mallow or Kanturk garda stations.
Separately, a man died when he was struck by a car while trying to move a dead horse off the road in Co Mayo late on Wednesday night.
The 45-year-old was hit by a car at Grallagh, Ballyhaunis, just before midnight.
The victim's horse had been killed in an earlier incident - possibly when it was also hit by a vehicle - and local sources said the man was in the process of moving the dead animal from the scene with another man when he was struck by an oncoming car.
He was pronounced dead at the scene and his body was brought to Mayo General Hospital for post-mortem examination.
The man, a father who was a member of the Travelling community, was from the nearby townland of Gurraun.
Nobody else was injured in the incident.
Gardaí have appealed for witnesses.