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Saturday 21 April 2018

Appeal for witnesses after elderly couple killed in head-on collision

Scene of crash Credit: Provision
Scene of crash Credit: Provision
Ralph Riegel

Ralph Riegel

TWO people have died in a head-on collision which has forced the closure of the Cork-Limerick road.

The accident occurred shortly after 5pm on the N20 between Buttevant and Mallow.

Initial reports indicated that one vehicle suddenly appeared to veer across the busy road into the path of an oncoming car.

Gardai and paramedics were at the scene within minutes.

However, a man and a woman, both understood to be in their 70s, suffered multiple injuries.

Both were pronounced dead before they could be rushed to Cork University Hospital (CUH).

It is understood they are husband and wife.

A woman driving a second car was hurt in the collision.

However, her injuries are not understood to be life-threatening.

The road was closed to facilitate the work of the emergency services.

Gardaí warned the road will remain closed for some time while accident scene investigators examine the stretch of roadway involved.

Diversions are in place and motorists have been urged to avoid the area if possible as lengthy delays are expected.

Gardaí have also appealed for witnesses to contact them.

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