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Friday 15 December 2017

Two drivers dead after separate collisions

Ralph Riegel

TWO motorists died and a third was seriously injured after separate collisions yesterday.

A middle-aged man died in a horrific head-on collision between an oil tanker and a car that forced the closure of the main Cork-Killarney road.

The collision occurred at 2.20pm at Mons-Lissacrassaig outside Macroom on the N22 Cork-Killarney road.

The driver of the car, a man in his early-50s, was pronounced dead before he could be transferred to hospital.

A second person -- understood to have been a passenger in the car -- suffered multiple injuries and was rushed to Cork University Hospital (CUH).

Their injuries are not said to be life-threatening.

The driver of the oil tanker was uninjured.


Macroom gardai appealed for witnesses to the collision to contact them at (026) 20590 or via the Garda Confidential Line (1800) 666111.

Meanwhile, a second motorist died in a collision on the Kinsale to Bandon road in Co Cork shortly after 6.30pm yesterday.

The driver -- a man in his 20s -- was killed instantly when his car spun out of control and collided with a tree.

No other vehicle is believed to have been involved in the incident, which occurred near Halfway some 8km outside Kinsale.

Driving conditions were said to be extremely difficult at the time with high winds and heavy rain.

Separately, a female pedestrian was injured after being struck by a car at Richmond Hill in Fermoy, Co Cork, at lunchtime yesterday.

The woman was taken to CUH for treatment though her injuries were not life-threatening, according to authorities.

Irish Independent

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