Woman third to die on Cork roads in a week

A Polish woman in her 20s died following an horrific crash, yards from a motorway toll plaza in Co Cork.

She was the third woman to die on Cork roads in less than a week and the 56th person to die on the country’s roads this year.

The victim was one of four occupants of a silver Renault Megane travelling southbound on the Dublin- Cork M8 when it was in collision with a lorry.

The force of the impact drove the car into the concrete wall in the central island of the motorway.

The accident happened near the toll booths at Watergrasshill at 6.15am yesterday.The occupants of the car, three women and a man, were taken by ambulances to Cork University Hospital.

One of the women was pronounced dead a few hours later, while another of the injured remains in a serious condition. All of the injured are Polish.

The lorry driver, although shocked, did not require medical treatment.

Major tailbacks were experienced on the southbound section of the motorway until gardaí put diversions in place north of the accident site at Rathcormac.

The road remained closed for a number of hours as forensic crash scene investigators examined the site.

Superintendent Pat Lehane, in charge of the Garda investigation, said they would examine CCTV footage from the toll plaza.

“There would have been a number of vehicles on the motorway at the time and we’re appealing for anybody who witnessed the crash to contact Cobh Garda Station at 021-4908530,” Supt Lehane said.

Last Tuesday Mairead O’Connell, 23, from Lombardstown, died after the Opel Astra she was driving was in collision with a truck on the Cork-Mallow N20 road near the junction for Grenagh.

A 50-year-old woman from Germany lost her life last Saturday evening while cycling on the Bandon Road, near the viaduct.

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