Father killed in Cork crash named locally; Daughter (15) in critical condition

Update 11.20am: A 39-year-old man killed in a crash in North Cork yesterday has been named locally as Patrick McMahon.

The crash happened at around 1pm when the van Mr McMahon was driving collided with a tractor near Buttevant on the Liscarroll Road.

His 15-year-old daughter is in a critical condition in hospital, while a 17-year-old boy is seriously injured - the male driver of the tractor was unhurt.

The scene near Buttevant as one Man was pronounced dead and two teens in serious condition after crash between van and tractor in Co Cork The crash took place on the R522 between Buttevant and Liscarroll, Cork. Pic. Brian Arthur.

The man's partner who following behind in a car came across the scene moments later.

Local councilor John Paul O'Shea says there are a lot of tractors on the roads at the moment.

He said: "It is summertime so we have a lot of agricultural machinery travelling on our roads.

North Cork is one of the heartlands of the agricultural community but unfortunately in his incident there was a tragic loss and the community are very much bereaving that loss this morning.

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Update 8.45am: Family outing turns to tragedy; Father killed in Cork crash named locally

Olivia Kelleher

A man in his 30s who died in a crash as he headed to the beach with his family over the Bank Holiday weekend has been named locally as Patrick McMahon of Churchtown in Co Cork.

Mr McMahon died at the scene following a collision between the van he was driving and a tractor on the R522 at Ballincurrig on the Buttevant to Liscarroll Road in Co Cork yesterday.

His 14-year-old daughter and a 17-year-old family friend were also injured in the incident which occurred at 1pm yesterday. The teenagers had to be airlifted to Cork University Hospital by the Rescue Helicopter 112 where they are being treated for their injuries. They are in a serious condition in hospital.

The scene of the crash between a van and tractor near Buttevant, Co Cork, yesterday. Picture: Brian Arthur.

It is understood that Patrick McMahon's partner was travelling in a vehicle behind when the crash occurred as they were on a family day out.

Local Fine Gael Councillor, John Paul O'Shea said it was a very harrowing set of circumstances.

I believe the family were heading for a day at the beach. The McMahon's are a large well known family from the Churchtown area. Churchtown is a very strong tight knit community and I am sure the community will rally around the family.

Emergency services including Gardaí, ambulances, paramedics and the Rescue Helicopter 112 attended at the scene.

They freed the teenagers from the badly damaged van in a lengthy and difficult process. The Rescue Helicopter had to land at a GAA pitch near CUH as the hospital does not have a helipad.

The teenagers were then transported by ambulance to the hospital. The driver of the tractor, a male in his twenties, was not injured in the incident. However, he was said to have been deeply shocked by the accident.

The body of the deceased was removed to the mortuary at CUH for a post-mortem examination and the office of the local coroner has been notified. It is understood that the deceased was 39-years-old.

Diversions were put in place to allow for a forensic examination of the scene. The road remained closed for a number of hours. Witnesses to the crash are asked to contact Gardaí at Mallow on 022 31450 or the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666111. The cause of the crash is unknown at this juncture.

Earlier: Cork father killed as family outing turns to tragedy

Niall Murray

A bank holiday family outing turned to tragedy when a road crash left a north Cork man in his 30s dead and his teenage daughter and a friend in hospital.

The family are believed to be from the Churchtown area, just a few miles from where the van being driven by the man crashed with a tractor on a regional road near Buttevant shortly before 1pm yesterday.

It is understood the man’s partner and her children were in a car just behind the van and happened on the scene moments later.

They are believed to have been heading for a family trip to the beach on one of the hottest days of the year, when the crash happened on the road between Buttevant and Liscarroll.

The driver of the van was pronounced dead at the scene, soon after emergency services arrived.

The 15-year-old girl was airlifted to hospital and the other passenger in the van, a 17-year-old boy, was also taken by helicopter to Cork University Hospital.

Both are believed to have been in a serious condition last night, and were removed from the scene only after extremely careful work by emergency services to free them from the badly damaged van.

The driver of the tractor, a man in his 20s, was unharmed in the accident, according to gardaí.

Gardaí are appealing for anyone with information or who witnessed the crash to contact them at Mallow Garda station on 022 31450.

The crash happened about three miles from Buttevant on the R522, as temperatures pushed towards the mid-20s.

The site was examined by Garda forensic collision investigators and a Garda public service vehicle officer.

An autopsy on the man’s body will take place at Cork University Hospital.

This story first appeared in the Irish Examiner.

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