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Sunday 20 October 2019

Elderly man (70) killed in multi-vehicle car crash

Road diversions in place

Scene of fatal crash on Dublin - Cork road near Watergrasshil, Co. Cork
Photo: Michael Mac Sweeney/Provision
Scene of fatal crash on Dublin - Cork road near Watergrasshil, Co. Cork Photo: Michael Mac Sweeney/Provision

Ralph Riegel

One person has died and another suffered serious injuries in a two-car collision in Cork.

The accident occurred shortly after 11am just south of Fermoy on the M8 Cork-Dublin motorway.

The driver of the 4x4, a man aged in his 70s, was pronounced dead at the scene.

The other driver, a male believed to be in his late 20s, was taken by ambulance to University Hospital Cork. His condition is understood to be serious but stable.

Gardaí and Fermoy fire brigade units attended the scene and a stretch of the motorway was closed to allow emergency services attend to the injured.

Motorists have been warned that the M8 is now closed southbound at Junction 16 near Rathcormac and is likely to remain closed for several hours.

Diversions are now in place.

Garda technical experts will begin an examination of the accident scene to determine the cause of the incident.

Gardaí have also appealed for anyone who may have witnessed the collision to contact them.

The collision occurred just 24 hours after a heavily pregnant woman had to be airlifted to Cork University Hospital (CUH) following a two-car collision on the Cork-Limerick road outside Buttevant.

Two other motorists were taken to hospital but none of the three motorists involved are believed to have suffered life-threatening injuries.

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