Thursday 18 January 2018

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. A factor being examined is weather conditions in the area with heavy rain showers having reduced visibility. The collision forced the immediate closure of a major section of the motorway.

The injured driver of the 4x4, a woman 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.

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.

Mr Kelly worked for the Kelly family's haulage business since leaving school. He was described as a skilled operator who loved trucks and cars.

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

"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.

Meanwhile gardai are investigating after an officer was struck by a suspected stolen car which then collided with a bus outside Trinity College in Dublin city centre.

The incident took place at 8.25am yesterday morning when the officer noticed the grey BMW travelling in the bus gate public transport corridor at College Green and signalled for it to pull over.

The vehicle failed to stop, instead hitting the garda, who is in his early 30s, and crossing into another lane where it struck a bus. The garda was knocked to the ground injuring his hand and shoulder. No one on the bus, which was on its way to Dublin Airport, was hurt.

After striking the bus, the driver of the car fled the scene on foot, running off in the direction of Pearse Street.

Irish Independent

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