Gardaí trying to identify victim of fatal crash

Two people were killed in separate road crashes in Cork and Carlow yesterday.

Gardaí trying to identify victim of fatal crash

Gardaí were last night still trying to identify a motorist who died following a horrific collision between a car and a truck near Macroom yesterday morning.

The accident happened on the N22, about 3km on the Cork side of Macroom near Lissarda at approximately 5.40am.

Following the impact, the car burst into flames and, according to gardaí, was extensively damaged.

Emergency services, including two fire brigades rushed to the site. The coroner was notified and the remains taken to Cork University Hospital for a postmortem.

According to gardaí, the occupants of the truck, two men in their 30s, were uninjured.

The road was closed off for several hours to allow investigators to carry out a forensic examination.

It reopened yesterday afternoon.

Gardaí asked anyone with information about the crash to contact Macroom garda station on 026 20590.

Gardaí in Carlow, meanwhile, are appealing for witnesses following a fatal traffic collision in the county.

At approximately 4pm a man in his 40s was fatally injured when the car he was travelling in collided with a 4x4 vehicle on the N80 at Kilnock, Ballon. He was pronounced dead at the scene. His body was removed to Waterford Regional Hospital where a post-mortem examination will be carried out.

Two other occupants of the car, both male and aged in their 20s and 40s, were taken by ambulance to St Luke’s General Hospital, Kilkenny.

The occupants of the second vehicle, a man and woman aged in their 60s, were also taken by ambulance to Kilkenny Hospital.

The road is closed and Garda forensic investigators are at the scene. Local traffic diversions are in place.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Carlow Garda Station 059-9136620 or the Garda Confidential Line 1800 666 111.

Also yesterday, emergency services dealt with two crashes on either side of the M8 Cork/Dublin motorway.

The two accidents happened within a short distance of each other on the north and southbound roads between the Mitchelstown exits at junctions 12 and 13. Conditions on the road were very wet along the route, according to AA Roadwatch.

Meanwhile, in Clare, two motorists are recovering in hospital following a collision.

The incident occurred at 8.45am at Barntick on the R473 Kildysart road about 6km from Ennis.

A Mitsubishi 4x4 vehicle and the cattle trailer it had been towing separated and ended up on opposite sides of the road after colliding with a car.

The trailer smashed into a wall on one side of the busy road while the 4x4 careered across the road and ploughed into a stone wall. The car came to a stop at the entrance to a local house on the same side of the road as the 4x4.

The female driver of the car, believed to be 40 years old and from Kilkee in west Clare, was left trapped in her vehicle following the collision and had to be cut free by firefighters. Fire crews had to cut the roof and doors away so that they could gain access to the casualty.

The driver of the 4x4 vehicle had been travelling to an abattoir at nearby Lisheen with two animals on a trailer.

The cattle were not harmed in the incident.

The farmer was removed by ambulance to University Hospital Limerick soon after the collision.

The woman was also taken to the hospital after being freed from the wreckage. She was said to have been seriously hurt but her injuries are not believed to be life threatening.

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