Sunday 23 July 2017

Woman dies as car skids into river at rush-hour

Ralph Riegel

Ralph Riegel

A WOMAN drowned after a freak accident yesterday which saw her car swerve out of rush hour traffic and plunge into the River Lee.

Pedestrians watched in horror as the vehicle appeared to skid off the roadway, across the open quayside and into the River Lee's main channel shortly before 5pm.

The accident occurred at Kennedy Quay -- less than 500 metres from Cork city centre and just metres from one of the city's busiest roads.

The black hatchback entered the river at a stretch of quayside that lacks protective barriers.

It was initially reported that two people were in the car -- but gardai indicated last night that just the driver was inside.

Frantic efforts to gain access to the car before it submerged failed. A tug operating in the harbour raced to the scene -- but the car, which floated for just seconds, sank before the vessel could reach it.

Last night, a heavy lift crane was used to aid Cork fire brigade and gardai remove the car from the river.

The woman's body was brought to Cork University Hospital for a full post-mortem examination. Gardai were last night trying to confirm the driver's identity.

Gardai were also appealing for witnesses to a crash which claimed the life of a 68-year-old man early yesterday morning.

The accident happened outside Borris in Co Carlow shortly after 1am when the man's car hit a wall. He was named locally as Edward Jordan who lived in Ferns, Co Wexford.

Mr Jordan was fatally injured when his car hit a wall in the Ballyine area of Borris and, after he was cut from the vehicle by the fire service, he was taken by ambulance to St Luke's Hospital in Kilkenny.

Deteriorated

It is understood that Mr Jordan was conscious at the scene of the crash and was able to speak to emergency personnel, but his condition deteriorated in hospital and, despite efforts to save him, he died at about 3.50am. Gardai have asked any witnesses to contact them at Carlow garda station on 059-9136620.

Meanwhile, a truck driver had a lucky escape when he escaped serious injury after his vehicle overturned on a busy national route yesterday.

The incident happened on the N25, close to the Waterford by-pass and on the main road between Waterford city and New Ross.

Irish Independent

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