Icy conditions cause accidents as cold snap bites

Two school buses skidded on icy roads in Cork in separate incidents yesterday morning as cold conditions wreaked havoc on roads across the city and county.

A bus transporting secondary-school students skidded on ice on the road between Leamlara and Carrigtwohill to the east of Cork City.

While initial reports incorrectly claimed the bus had overturned, the vehicle did become wedged across both sides of the road.

Gardaí from Midleton attended the scene, and a replacement bus brought the uninjured passengers the rest of the way.

Meanwhile, some 20 schoolchildren had a lucky escape after the bus on which they were travelling skidded on black ice near the village of Minane Bridge, some 20km south of Cork city. The driver successfully brought the vehicle to a halt and no injuries were reported.

In another incident, a car overturned on the Inniscarra Rd (R618) near Leemount, west of Cork City.

Gardaí were also called to the scene of a crash in the southern city suburb of Togher at the junction of the Clashduv and Togher roads, while other collisions were reported at the junction of Lovers’ Walk and the Lower Glanmire Rd and at crossroad at the meeting of the Well Road and Douglas Rd.

Icy conditions cause accidents as cold snap bites

Crashes were also reported outside the city at the back road between the N28 Ringaskiddy road at Carr’s Hill and Douglas and in the Tower area of Blarney.

The public was warned to avoid the area between Douglas’ Fingerpost roundabout and Carrigaline due to the conditions.

Motorists were also warned of icy conditions on many of the approaches to Cork City.

Significant delays were experienced both ways on the N71 Bandon/ Cork road between Bandon and Halfway to the south of Cork City, with motorists reporting delays of almost an hour along the 8km between Bandon and Innishannon.

In West Cork, icy conditions were reported on the R618 Coachford/Macroom road, particularly at Carraigadrohid and on the N22 Cork to Macroom road.

Commuters experienced long delays on the R619 Coachford/ Mallow road approaching Donoughmore Cross.

Black ice was also present on the R626 Fermoy to Midleton Rd (R626) between Lisgoold and Midleton.


Lifestyle

SECOND Captains is one of the long-running success stories in Irish podcasting. Ostensibly a sports show led by Eoin McDevitt, Ken Early, and Ciarán Murphy, the former Off The Ball team from Newstalk launched the podcast in mid-2013. two Monday shows are offered for free, with Tuesday-Friday behind a Patreon subscriber model and dubbed ‘The World Service’. It has more than 11,500 subscribers.Podcast Corner: First-class podcasts from Second Captains

The incredible life of Ireland’s first celebrity chef has been turned into a play, writes Colette SheridanHow Maura Laverty cooked up a storm

Their paths first crossed on the top floor of the library at University College Cork in October 2010 when both were students there so Amy Coleman and Steven Robinson were delighted to retrace their footsteps on their big day.Wedding of the Week: College sweethearts open new chapter

Peter Dowdall reveals why all roads will lead to Tullow in County Carlow on February 1Snowdrop patrol: Why all roads will lead to County Carlow

More From The Irish Examiner