Appeal for eyewitnesses as two pedestrians killed in tragic Cork and Limerick accidents

Update 10.20pm: Gardaí have appealed for witnesses after a pedestrian was killed in Cork City earlier today following a collision with an articulated truck, writes Eoin English.

The man, who was in his 40s, was struck by the lorry at the junction of Coburg St and Bridge St, close to the bottom of St Patrick’s Hill, just before 11am.

Eyewitnesses said it appeared as if the man stepped off the footpath close to the lorry’s cab a split second before it moved off.

“The driver didn’t stand a chance. He just didn’t see the poor man,” one eyewitness said.

Emergency services rushed to the scene but the man was pronounced dead at the scene a short time later. His body was removed to Cork University Hospital for an autopsy.

The area was sealed off for a full Garda forensic collision investigation and diversions were put in place for several hours.

Gardaí asked anyone who saw the accident to contact Mayfield Garda Station on 021 4522000.

The victim was the second pedestrian to die on the nation’s roads in 24 hours.

Gardaí in Limerick also appealed for witnesses yesterday following a fatal accident in the Thomondgate area of the city on Sunday night.

A 40-year-old man was seriously injured when he was struck by a car on Kileely Rd in the north of the city at around 11.35pm.

He was taken by ambulance to University Hospital Limerick where he was later pronounced dead.

The driver of the car, a man in his 20s, was uninjured.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Mayorstone Garda Station 061-456980 or the Garda Confidential Line 1800 666 111.

Update 6pm: Gardaí in Mayfield have appealed for witnesses following a fatal collision this morning at the junction of Coburg Street and Bridge Street in Cork City.

At approximately 10.55am a male pedestrian aged in his 40s was seriously injured when he was struck by a articulated lorry.

He was attended to by emergency services personnel at the scene and pronounced dead a short time later. His body will be removed to the mortuary at Cork University Hospital for a post mortem examination.

Garda forensic collision investigators are examining the scene and diversions remain in place.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Mayfield Garda Station 021-4522000 or the Garda Confidential Line 1800 666 111.

The death in Cork is the second fatality involving pedestrians today.

In the early hours of today a man hit by a car near Thomond Park in Limerick also died.

The 40-year-old male pedestrian was seriously injured when he was struck by a car on Kileely Road.

He was taken by ambulance to University Hospital Limerick where he was later pronounced dead. The driver of the car, a man in his late 20s, was uninjured.

Garda Forensic Collision Investigators are examining the scene and local traffic diversions are in place.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Mayorstone Garda Station 061-456980 or the Garda Confidential Line 1800 666 111.

Earlier: A man has died in an accident involving a truck in Cork city centre this morning, writes Eoin English.

The accident occurred on the Coburg St side of its junction with Bridge St and MacCurtain Street, at the bottom of St Patrick’s Hill, at around 11am.

Sections of roads in the area have been closed off and gardaí have sealed off the accident scene for a forensic collision investigation.

The city coroner’s office has been notified.

A traffic management plan has been activated and gardaí have warned of traffic diversions in this area of the city over the coming hours.


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