Sunday 19 November 2017

Man killed in head-on dual carriageway crash

and Cormac Murphy

ONE man died and a woman was seriously injured after an horrific two-vehicle collision on the M8 Dublin-Cork motorway.

A car and 4x4 collided outside Fermoy in Co Cork between Junctions 13 and 14 northbound shortly before 3pm.

Gardai are investigating reports that one vehicle may have been travelling in the wrong direction on the northbound section of the dual-carriageway.

The injured woman, who is in her 60s, was transferred to Cork University Hospital (CUH) by air ambulance. Her injuries are understood to be serious but not life-threatening.

The male driver of the car, who was in his 30s and from Dublin, was treated for 
multiple injuries but died before he could be transferred to CUH.

A female passenger in the car sustained multiple injuries and was transferred to CUH by ambulance. Her injuries are not understood to be life-threatening.

Gardai have also appealed for witnesses after a young man was killed when the articulated lorry he was driving overturned in west Cork this week.

The driver was named locally as Paudie Kelly (23) from Newceston in Cork.

He suffered fatal injuries when his truck overturned on the R586 road between Bandon and Dunmanway shortly after 3pm on Monday.

Mr Kelly worked for the Kelly family's haulage business since leaving school. He died before he could be transferred to CUH.

No other vehicle was involved in the accident and gardai are baffled as to what caused the tragedy.

Family friend, James O'Donovan of Cork Co Council, said the entire area was shocked by the tragedy.

"This is a very tragic accident. Paudie was a happy-go-lucky type of guy who had lots of friends. Everyone who knew him would say he was a great guy who was popular and well liked. He worked in the family truck business for many years and loved anything to do with machinery."

Officers are also appealing for witnesses to a crash in Malahide, Co Dublin, on Monday which claimed the life of Jean Hannagen (82) from Glencarrig, Sutton.

The two-vehicle crash happened on the Coast Road on Monday afternoon. Her husband Norman was injured in the collision and was taken to Beaumont Hospital where his condition was listed as stable.

Irish Independent

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