The woman, named locally as Cecelia ‘Cissie’ Yelverton, was driven to Cork city centre by a friend and was doing some shopping when the accident happened, shortly after 11.30am.
She started to walk across St Patrick Street when traffic was stopped and she was directly in front of a large privately run refuse truck when it started to move again.
The driver of the truck, a Polish man, told gardaí that he was unable to see the pensioner. She fell in under the truck’s front wheels and was crushed to death.
Gardaí believe the woman, who was from Gurranabraher, died instantly.
The driver was said to be very traumatised by the accident, but was nevertheless able to talk to investigating garda officers.
A number of ambulances and fire brigade crews were rushed to the scene and gardaí were forced to close off vehicle access to most of St Patrick Street.
The accident happened outside Quill’s clothes shop.
The woman’s body was taken to Cork University Hospital where a post mortem was carried out by Assistant State Pathologist, Dr Margaret Bolster.
St Patrick Street re-opened to traffic around 3.30pm after the scene was examined by garda accident investigators. The truck was initially examined by a garda PSV inspector and was later removed to Togher Garda Station for further road worthiness tests.
Superintendent Michael Finn, who is leading the investigation, described it as a very tragic accident.
He said gardaí were examining CCTV footage and had already spoken to several witnesses. Supt Finn said that the street was very busy at the time and he appealed to any member of the public who had witnessed the accident but who hadn’t yet contacted gardaí to do so as soon as possible.
Anybody with information is asked to contact Anglesea Street garda station at 021-4522000.