More M8 markings pledged after crash

The National Roads Authority (NRA) has said it will put in extra road markings on junctions along the M8 in north Cork and south Tipperary in an effort to prevent motorists going the wrong way down the motorway.

In recent times, a number of vehicles have been spotted on the wrong carriageway and in one case, this led to the death of a man in his late 20s just north of Fermoy.

An NRA spokesman said it would be carrying out some remedial works on the junctions in the coming weeks.

His comment came after county councillors in North Cork expressed their concern over the number of vehicles which were making the potentially-lethal mistake.

Last August, the man was killed in a head-on crash between junctions 13 and 14 when his car was ploughed into by a Toyota Land Cruiser.

The man, who was from Dublin, was travelling north and was pronounced dead at the scene.

Before the impact, witnesses said they’d seen the Toyota Land Cruiser travelling south in a northbound lane and had beeped their horns and waved at the driver to alert her that she was travelling on the wrong carriageway. She was also injured in the accident.

Cllr Kevin O’Keeffe (FF) raised the issue at a meeting of the council’s Northern Division in Mallow.

He said he wanted the NRA to carry out a detailed health and safety audit on traffic entering and exiting roundabouts and interchanges connected to the M8, especially around the Mitchelstown and Fermoy areas.

He found unanimous support from fellow councillors to write to the NRA seeking the safety audit.

He said yesterday that while he welcomed the NRA’s announcement that it intended to carry out remedial works, he is still calling for a full safety study to be undertaken.


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