Thursday 22 February 2018

Ten hurt as freak weather causes 15-vehicle pile-up

Emergency services at the scene of the crash. Photo: Darragh McSweeney
Emergency services at the scene of the crash. Photo: Darragh McSweeney
Ralph Riegel

Ralph Riegel

As many as 15 vehicles were caught up in a major collision that has been blamed on freak weather conditions.

Initial reports indicated that 10 people were injured, the majority with minor cuts, bruises and shock.

It is understood that none of the injuries involved are life-threatening.

A number of motorists were taken to Cork University Hospital (CUH) for soft tissue injuries.

One middle-aged man was assessed for possible back injuries. Another car contained two children but they were not injured.

Sleet

A section of the Cork-Waterford N25 road between Fota Island and Little Island was closed following the accident, which occurred shortly before 3pm yesterday.

It is suspected extreme weather conditions including driving rain and sleet played a part in the crash by dramatically reducing visibility without warning.

Emergency services were at the scene within minutes but, such was the number of vehicles involved, the entire road had to be closed to traffic.

Delays of more than an hour resulted as gardaí put diversions in place.

A collision on the M8 on Monday evening which involved five vehicles was also blamed on freak weather conditions.

Gardaí last night warned motorists to take extra care amid forecasts of heavy rain and hail showers. They advised drivers to slow down, saying that it takes longer to stop a vehicle on wet roads.

Irish Independent

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