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Tuesday 17 September 2019

Two men killed in separate accidents on roads

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Ralph Riegel

A man has died following the second fatal road accident in Cork in the space of 48 hours.

He lost his life following a collision between a truck and a car yesterday on the N20 Cork-Limerick road at New Twopothouse, on the outskirts of Mallow.

He is understood to be a foreign national.

Previously a 19-year-old, named locally as Jack McGrath from Dungarvan, Co Waterford, died when he was involved in a single vehicle accident on the N25 Cork- Waterford road outside Midleton.

Wedding

The crash occurred around 1.20am on Saturday as he was on his way to Cork to collect family members from a wedding.

Cork now ranks as one of the most dangerous counties for fatal road traffic accidents. The 2018 road safety statistics highlighted Cork, Tipperary and Donegal as, per capita, the counties with the highest number of fatal traffic accidents.

Cork's ranking is set to further worsen this year with the county witnessing an alarming number of fatal accidents over the past eight weeks.

The number of fatal accidents nationally is now 8pc higher than for the same period in 2018.

In July, three motorcyclists and cyclists died in just over a week in Cork.

Irish Independent

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