Serving garda undergoing emergency surgery after crashing patrol motorbike
A serving garda suffered serious injuries in an accident on a busy road overnight.
The accident, which occurred shortly before midnight, resulted in major sections of the main Cork-Limerick road being closed or restricted to a single lane.
The man crashed his garda patrol motorcycle on a stretch of road between Blarney and Rathduff at Lissavoura, Mallow.
The injured biker, aged in his 30s, was rushed from the scene to Cork University Hospital (CUH) for the treatment of what are described as serious injuries.
The man is undergoing emergency surgery at the hospital this morning.
It is unclear whether any other vehicle was involved.
The injured man is a serving member of An Garda Síochana.
Gardaí are currently treating the incident as a single vehicle accident.
The accident occurred a stretch of road where the central median is divided by a fence made of reinforced steel cables.
A technical examination of the scene was underway today to try to determine the precise circumstances of the accident.
Motorists were warned to expect delays on the route and to avoid the area if possible.
Gardaí confirmed that they are investigating a road traffic collision.
"A male garda motorcyclist (late 30s) was seriously injured when he came off his bike and collided with the centre mediam. The injured man was removed to Cork University Hospital.
"The road is closed as Garda Forensic Collision Investigators are currently at scene and local diversions are in place. Investigations ongoing."
The N20 Cork-Limerick Road has been the focus of a number of high-profile accidents over recent months.
Last month, two American tourists were killed and two others injured in an horrific collision near the Blarney turn-off.
A total of three vehicles were involved in that accident which also left a pregnant woman injured.
A proposal to create an M20 motorway linking Ireland's second and third cities has been stalled by its estimated €1 billion cost.