Man killed in Bandon crash

A man in his 60s died in a car crash in Bandon in Cork yesterday morning.

Man killed in Bandon crash

The single-car crash happened shortly before 7.45am and the deceased was the sole occupant of the vehicle. The road at the scene was closed to facilitate a technical examination by Garda forensic collision investigators.

The man was named locally last night as Patrick McSweeney from Timoleague in Co Cork.

A total of 41 people have died on the roads this year, while 196 people were killed on the roads in 2014.

Gardaí are also investigating a hit-and-run incident on the North Road in the Phoenix Park yesterday evening that left a two-year-old girl in a serious condition in hospital.

The girl was struck by the car, which failed to stop at the scene, at around 6.25pm. She was taken to Children’s University Hospital in Temple Street in a serious condition.

A 24-year-old man was arrested a short time later in relation to the incident and is was last night being detained at Cabra Garda Station.

Gardaí in Cavan are also investigating a serious road traffic collision between a motorbike and a car on the Cavan bypass around 5pm yesterday.

A 44-year-old male motorcyclist was airlifted to Beaumont Hospital in a serious condition, while the 24-year-old male driver of the car was arrested at the scene on suspicion of dangerous driving and is detained at Cavan Garda station.

Gardaí are appealing for witnesses to this collision to contact Cavan Garda Station on 049-4368800, the Garda Confidential Line 1-800-666-111 or any Garda Station.

Meanwhile, the driver of a car that crashed on a motorway in the early hours of Sunday morning sparked a massive search after he claimed he wasn’t behind the wheel.

The man, understood to be a foreign national in his 40s, was seriously injured in the single-vehicle collision on the M18 close to Tubber on the Clare/Galway border.

A passing motorist raised the alarm after discovering the crashed car at around 3am about 7km north of Crusheen Co Clare, in the northbound carriageway.

The vehicle lost control and smashed into a crash barrier which penetrated the driver’s side of the vehicle. Emergency crews believe the driver had a miraculous escape. Two ambulances, several Garda patrol cars, along with five units of the fire brigade raced to the scene, and motorway maintenance staff also responded.

The injured man told gardaí he hadn’t been driving and a massive search of the motorway and surrounding lands was carried out.

Fire brigade crews assisted paramedics to remove the injured man from the car while gardaí, assisted by fire personnel using thermal imaging cameras, searched for a second person.

The search forced the closure of the motorway, however there was no sign of anyone else and gardaí now believe there was no other person. It is also understood that gardaí discovered several bank cards with different names and other property in the vehicle.

The man was taken to University Hospital Galway. His injuries are not believed to be life-threatening.

Gardaí from Gort are investigating the incident.

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