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Thursday 12 December 2019

One killed and three others injured following collision between van and ambulance

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Ralph Riegel

ONE person has died and three others were injured in a collision between a van and an ambulance in Cork.

The accident occurred in thick fog shortly after 1am on the N20 Cork-Limerick road near Bottlehill some 12km north of Cork city.

The driver of a van, believed to be a middle-aged man, suffered multiple injuries in the collision and died before he could be transferred to Cork University Hospital (CUH).

Three people travelling in the ambulance, two paramedics and a patient, were also injured.

However, it is understood that none suffered life-threatening injuries.

All were transferred to CUH for treatment.

Multiple units of Cork fire brigade, Health Service Executive (HSE) ambulances and Cork Gardaí attended the scene.

The road was immediately closed and motorists were warned to avoid the area.

It was reopened on Monday afternoon.

Gardaí have appealed for any witnesses to contact them.

However, thick early morning fog was reported on most roads around Cork city early this morning with visibility dramatically reduced.

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