Woman killed and 11 injured in two-car collision
ONE woman died, a man was left fighting for his life, and 10 other people were injured in a two-car collision early yesterday.
The incident occurred on the main N71 road in west Cork just before 11am at a bend in the road at Bohonagh, between Rosscarbery and Clonakilty.
A Dublin-registered Ford Focus, believed to be a hire car with five passengers on board, was heading west towards Rosscarbery when it collided with a Hyundai Santa Fe SUV with seven passengers -- two adults and five children -- heading towards Clonakilty.
It is understood that the woman who died was a foreign national and was a rear-seat passenger in the car. "It was a hire car but we haven't ascertained if she was a resident or here on holiday," a garda spokesman said.
The four other occupants of the Ford Focus all sustained injuries and were taken to Cork University Hospital.
One of the injured was described as being in a serious condition, while the injuries of the other three are described as not life threatening.
The seven occupants who were travelling in the Hyundai were taken to the Mercy University Hospital in Cork, where their injuries were described as minor.
Locals said that driving conditions were good at the time of the incident.
The accident forced the closure of the main tourist route in west Cork for most of the day as a garda forensic team carried out its investigations.