Two men lucky to survive horror crash in Cork city

Two young men are lucky to be alive after an horrific single vehicle car crash in Cork city early this morning.

A VW Passat was travelling on the Douglas Rd around 2am when it collided with several poles and brought down power lines.

The car came to rest wrapped around a steel pole.

The force of the impact was so great the engine was ripped from its mountings and flung from the vehicle.

Debris was strewn across a wide area.

Fire fighting crews had to use cutting equipment to free one of the two men from the mangled wreckage.

Both were taken to Cork University Hospital for treatment for what were described as minor injuries.

Emergency service personnel said it was a miracle that anyone survived given the damage to the vehicle.

Locals described the sound of the impact as like a rocket.

Meanwhile, another man was taken to CUH with serious injuries after a single car accident at Templebryan north, Shannonvale, near Clonakilty at around at 3am.

More in this Section

Theresa May suffers 'humiliating' defeat as EU say deal needed for 'orderly withdrawal'

Gardaí seek assistance locating missing teen from Dublin

Prison managers challenge service on ‘scapegoating’

Gardaí renew appeal for help in finding 18-year-old missing from Dublin


New series explores Ireland's remote townlands and its people

James McAvoy is a Glass act in latest film

Turning 30: Regrets, advice and reflection from those who've hit the milestone

Mild winter inspires new season’s looks

More From The Irish Examiner