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Elderly couple killed and a family of four injured in horror car smash

AN ELDERLY couple died and four other people, including two children, were injured after a horrific crash on one of Ireland's busiest tourist routes.

The three-car accident -- at Lissarda on the main N22 Cork-Killarney Road -- occurred shortly before 6.30pm and left two dead, four injured and two other motorists deeply shocked.

The car carrying the elderly couple was involved in a head-on collision with another vehicle carrying a family of four -- and a third vehicle carrying two other people was then hit.

The collision forced the closure of the road with major traffic diversions being put in place.

The woman -- who was in her mid 60s and the driver -- was killed in the initial impact.

Her husband -- who was in his early 70s and a front seat passenger -- suffered multiple injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene.

Four people in the second vehicle were also injured.

Another two people in the third car were unhurt though they were treated at the scene for shock.

The four injured -- a husband, wife and two young children -- were transferred to Cork University Hospital for precautionary tests and treatment.

All four are understood to have suffered non-life threatening injuries.