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.

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.



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