Elderly man dies in rush-hour traffic accident

An elderly man was knocked down and killed during rush-hour traffic in Cork last night.

The accident happened on the eastbound stretch of South City Ring Rd between the Sarsfield and Bandon Rd Roundabouts at about 6.30pm.

It is understood the victim, who was in his 70s, was walking west against the flow of eastbound traffic. He was dressed in dark clothing.

Gardaí got several calls between 6.15pm and 6.30pm from motorists who reported seeing a person walking along the road.

As officers were going to the scene a report came through that a pedestrian had been knocked down in the area.

An ambulance was called and the man was taken to Cork University Hospital but he was pronounced dead a short time later.

The victim is understood to be originally from the North Cork area.

He may have been living in sheltered accommodation in Wilton or Togher.

The driver of the car, who is in his 30s, was severely shocked and traumatised but uninjured.

It is understood the pedestrian suffered severe head injuries.

While gardaí were able to speak to several witnesses at the scene, Supt Charlie Barry asked any other witnesses to contact Bishopstown Garda Station on 021 454 1012, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111 or any Garda station.

The eastbound section of the road was sealed off for a forensic investigation team to examine the scene.

There was traffic chaos for a number of hours as diversions were put in place and cars were directed through Bishopstown.

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