Two people (60s) killed and three injured after multi-vehicle crash involving lorry
Two people have died and three others were injured following a multi-vehicle collision in Cork.
The accident, on the Mallow Road outside Cork city near the Waterloo junction, involved an articulated lorry and two cars.
The collision took place around 11am not far from the turn-off to Blarney.
Two of those involved suffered multiple injuries and were pronounced dead at the scene before they could be transferred to Cork University Hospital (CUH).
It is understood the deceased are a man and a woman, both aged in their 60s.
Initial reports indicated that the deceased are American tourists.
Three others were hurt and transferred to hospital by a fleet of ambulances.
All are understood to be passengers in the two cars involved in the collision.
The injured were ferried to Cork hospitals including CUH and the Mercy University Hospital (CUH).
It is not believed that any of the three taken to hospital have life threatening injuries.
Gardaí have closed the section of road involved to assist the work of the emergency services which included four units of Cork fire brigade units and five HSE ambulances.
Motorists have been warned to expect lengthy delays as traffic diversions are set to remain in place for some time.
Gardaí have advised motorists to avoid the area if possible.
The northbound section of the N20 Cork-Limerick road has been closed by Waterloo and Blarney.
Gardaí have appealed for witnesses to the collision to contact them.
Stretches of the N20, including sections between Mallow and Cork, are ranked as amongst the most notorious for road traffic accidents nationally.
Locals have been campaigning for a new M20 Cork-Limerick motorway but this has been delayed due to its proposed €1bn cost.