A man has died after his car crashed through a fence and ended up in a field on the outskirts of Cork city.
The accident occurred overnight and was detected when another motorist noticed the smashed fencing just off the R639 road some 2km from Glanmire.
It happened not far from Junction 18 on the main M8 Dublin-Cork road.
Emergency services rushed to the scene and the damaged vehicle was discovered in the nearby field.
The vehicle is believed to have been travelling towards Cork city, just off the old Dublin-Cork road, when the driver apparently lost control and struck the fence.
The man was the sole occupant of the car.
His vehicle, after leaving the road, then ploughed through a patch of scrub ground before ending up in the field.
Two ambulances, five fire brigade units from Midleton and Cork as well as Gardaí attended the scene.
They were supported by a critical care doctor.
Tragically, desperate attempts to revive the man failed and he was pronounced dead at the scene.
Gardaí are working to confirm the man's identity but he is believed to be from the Cork area and aged in his late 30s.
The entire scene has been sealed off by Gardaí to permit a detailed examination by technical experts.
Motorists have been warned to avoid the area given that diversions will be in place with the northern exit ramp from Junction 18 closed to facilitate the work of accident scene examiners.
At this stage, Gardaí do not believe any other vehicle was involved but will be keeping an open mind on the tragedy.
"Shortly after 7am Gardaí and Emergency Services attended at the scene of a single car crash on the Old Dublin Road (R639) near J18 (Sallybrook /Glanmire) off the M8 motorway," a garda spokesman said.
"The sole occupant and driver of the car, a man understood to be in his 30s, was pronounced dead at the scene. It’s understood the car he was driving left the road and struck a fence.
"The road is currently closed and traffic diversions are in place. Garda forensic collision investigators are examining the car and the crash site. The deceased, who has yet to be formally identified, was removed to the mortuary at Cork University Hospital and the local Coroner has been notified.
"Investigating Gardaí are appealing for witnesses to come forward."
CCTV footage from nearby towns including Glanmire and Watergrasshill will also be examined to determine the precise movements of the vehicle involved.