A former Garda in his fifties who was employed as a caretaker at a college has been named locally as the driver who died in East Cork following a collision between a car and a fuel truck this morning.
PJ Byrne was pronounced dead at the scene shortly after 7am today when his car collided with a truck on the Midleton to Whitegate Road in East Cork.
Mr Byrne, who was a grandfather, had been employed in recent years as a caretaker at Cork College of Commerce.
Staff at the College posted a heartfelt tribute to Mr Byrne online.
"It is with a very heavy heart that we report how shell shocked and sad we are as a college community to discover that one of our caretakers PJ Byrne was tragically killed in a car accident on his way to work.
May he rest in peace. PJ was part of our family here. He was so proud of his children and grandchildren. We are heartbroken for them all.
Mr Byrne served with distinction as a garda in North Cork for many years. He was also very popular with staff and students at the College of Commerce.
Three units of the county fire service attended at the scene of the crash this morning along with ambulance crews and gardaí.
Munster Fire Control was alerted to the incident at 7.01am.
They were asked to attend at Marsh Road in Whitegate between Whitegate and Midleton arising out of a crash between a car and a truck.
The body of Mr Byrne was removed to Cork University Hospital where a post mortem is due to take place at a later date.
Forensic Collision Investigators attended at the scene of the crash.
The cause of the crash is not known at this juncture.
Earlier: Man dies in collision between car and truck in Cork
A man has died following a crash between a car and a truck in east Cork this morning.
The accident happened on the Midleton to Whitegate road shortly after 7am.
The man in his 50s was pronounced dead at the scene. He was taken to Cork University Hospital for a post mortem.
Three units of the county fire service were called to the scene along with ambulance crews and gardaí.
Munster Fire Control was alerted to the incident at 7.01am. They were asked to attend at Marsh Road Whitegate between Whitegate and Midleton arising out of a crash between a car and an oil truck.
The R630 Midleton/Whitegate Road remains closed this morning and is expected to remain closed for a number of hours. Diversions are in place.