Tuesday 21 November 2017

21-year-old equestrian worker killed after car collides with coach

The N72, close to where the accident took place
The N72, close to where the accident took place
Ralph Riegel

Ralph Riegel

GARDAÍ have appealed for witnesses after a young man died in a collision between a car and a coach on the Mallow-Killarney road in north Cork.

The collision, which occurred shortly before 6.30pm yesterday evening, resulted in the entire road being closed.

Both vehicles collided some 4km outside Mallow, not far from the Cork Racecourse site.

The young man, the driver and sole occupant of the car, suffered multiple injuries in the collision and died before he could be transferred to Cork University Hospital (CUH).

It is understood the 21 year old worked in the equestrian industry and was from the north Cork area.

Four people were on the coach at the time.

All managed to escape serious injuries.

The coach driver, a middle-aged man, was taken to CUH for assessment as a precautionary measure.

He was being treated for soft tissue injuries and shock.

The man's condition is not understood to be serious.

The three passengers were unhurt and did not require hospital treatment.

All were deeply shocked at the scene.

Mallow Gardaí have now appealed for anyone who may have witnessed the collision to contact them to assist their investigation.

"The stretch of road is currently closed to facilitate a Garda Forensic Collision Examination. Local diversions are in place," a garda spokesman said.

"Investigating Gardaí are appealing for witnesses. Anyone with information is asked to contact Mallow Garda Station on 022- 31450 the Garda Confidential Line 1800 666 111 or any Garda Station."

The road is expected to re-open later today.

Gardaí said the identity of the deceased will only be confirmed when all relatives have been notified.

The Office of the Cork Coroner has been notified and a post mortem examination is expected to be conducted at CUH tomorrow morning.

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