Wednesday 17 October 2018

One person killed, another seriously injured following head-on collision in Cork

  • Serious collision in Macroom, Co Cork
  • Motorists warned to expect delays on M50 and N4 as recovery services deal with overturned truck
Fatal collision happened in Cavan in the early hours of this morning
Fatal collision happened in Cavan in the early hours of this morning

Ralph Riegel and Amy Molloy

ONE motorist has died and another suffered serious injuries after a head-on collision in Co Cork.

The incident occurred shortly before 2pm on the N22 Cork-Killarney road outside Macroom, not far from the well-known Carraigaphooca Castle.

The deceased is understood to be a man in his late 60s.

He is believed to have been the driver of one of the two vehicles involved.

The N4 Westbound totally blocked at the scene of a crash on the N4 between Junction 2 and 3 near Lucan this afternoon where a lorry overturned and shed its load of compostable waste Picture Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin.
The N4 Westbound totally blocked at the scene of a crash on the N4 between Junction 2 and 3 near Lucan this afternoon where a lorry overturned and shed its load of compostable waste Picture Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin.

Gardaí said the road is closed to facilitate a forensic examination.

The driver of a second car, a man in his 20s, was air-lifted to University Hospital Cork and is in a serious condition.

The other motorist was pronounced dead at the scene before he could be transferred to CUH.

He had suffered multiple critical injuries and his condition could not be stabilised at the scene.

A third person, understood to be a passenger in one of the vehicles involved, suffered non-life threatening injuries.

Meanwhile, AA Roadwatch has advised motorists to expect delays on the N4 and M50.

There are long delays in both directions as emergency services deal with an overturned truck on the N4.

The N4 in Dublin is down to two lanes as recovery services try to remove the truck. 

The overturned truck on the N4 Photo: Dublin Fire Brigade
The overturned truck on the N4 Photo: Dublin Fire Brigade

Southbound delays on the M50 are back to the J4 Ballymun exit and northbound delays are from the J10 Ballymount exit.

Dublin Bus has diversions in place for routes 25a, 25b and 25d, 66a, 66b and 67 due to the closure of the N4.

A garda spokeswoman said the truck driver was taken to Blanchardstown Hospital "as a precaution" but his injuries are not believed to be serious.

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