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Farmer and biker killed in separate Cork crashes

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An elderly man has died after suffering multiple injuries in a quad bike accident in Cork.

The accident occurred shortly after 10am yesterday at Coomanore, near Bantry, where the 72-year-old was operating the quad on a farm.

It is understood the man was going to check on livestock when the accident occurred.

Emergency services raced to the scene when the alarm was raised but, despite desperate efforts to help the pensioner, he was pronounced dead at the farm before he could be transferred to hospital.

Gardaí are treating the incident as a freak accident.

The Health and Safety Authority has been notified, as is routine in such cases.

A file will now be prepared for the Cork Coroner's Office.

It is the fourth farm-related tragedy in Cork in just five months.

Meanwhile, a motorcyclist aged in his 40s has died after a collision, also in Cork.

His motorcycle collided with a car shortly after 6pm yesterday between Crossbarry and Killumney.

Gardaí immediately closed the road to facilitate the work of the emergency services and motorists were urged to avoid the area around 23km from Cork city.

Paramedics

Gardaí, paramedics and Cork Fire Brigade attended the scene.

The biker, who is understood to be an East European national, was pronounced dead at the scene before he could be transferred to Cork University Hospital.

The other driver involved was uninjured but treated for shock at the accident site.

Accident scene investigations were examining the stretch of roadway involved to determine the precise circumstances of the tragedy.

Ballincollig gardaí have urged anyone who witnessed the accident or the vehicles involved in the minutes before the tragedy to contact them.

Irish Independent