Monday 11 December 2017

Girl (8) killed and mother critical after two-car crash

The scene of the fatal road traffic collision which occurred at Owenahincha Cross, Rosscarbery Co Cork.
The scene of the fatal road traffic collision which occurred at Owenahincha Cross, Rosscarbery Co Cork.
The scene of the fatal two-car collision at Owenahincha Cross, Rosscarbery, Co Cork. Provision

Joe Leogue, Sam Griffin and David Raleigh

AN eight-year-old girl has died and her mother is fighting for her life following a horrific two-car smash at an accident black spot in west Cork.

The two-car collision occurred at approximately 3pm yesterday on the N71 Cork/Skibbereen Road at Owenahincha Cross, Rosscarbery outside Clonakilty.

According to a garda source the woman and her daughter, from Limerick, were holidaying with friends in west Cork when the collision occurred. A local councillor last night told the Irish Independent that he and other councillors have been campaigning for a number of years to carry out realignment works on a number of dangerous bends in the road close to where the crash occurred.

The body of the eight-year-old was taken to Cork University Hospital (CUH), while the Aero Medevac helicopter, with a HSE paramedic based in Athlone, was also called in to air-lift the child's mother who is understood be aged in her 30s.

She was also taken to CUH where she was said to be in a critical condition last night.

The driver of the car and three other passengers all sustained minor injuries in the incident.

The 17-year-old driver of the other car, who was alone in the vehicle, was also treated for minor injuries.

One of the two cars involved went off the road and ended at the bottom of a deep ravine.

The fatality is the second on the same stretch of road in just over a year.

Cllr Christopher O'Sullivan said he and others had been calling for works to improve safety on the road where the crash had occurred for "a number of years".

"There's about a 1km stretch of road there where there have been a number of crashes and other incidents. There is a series of treacherous bends which we have been campaigning for realignment about 100m from this incident.

"I don't know if this was directly involved in this crash but certainly the road is very dangerous. Unfortunately our calls have been falling of deaf ears," he said.

Irish Independent

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