Cork, Mayo crashes bring road deaths to 71

Irish Examiner - - News - Joe Leogue

More than 70 peo­ple have now died on Ir­ish roads this year fol­low­ing two fa­tal­i­ties in crashes in Cork and Mayo yes­ter­day.

The first of the fa­tal­i­ties oc­curred yes­ter­day morn­ing when a man in his late 70s died af­ter the car in which he was a pas­sen­ger struck a gate post on Bal­ly­hoo­ley Road at the junc­tion with Gor­don’s Hill in May­field, Cork City, at around 8.15am.

The man died at the scene, and the fe­male driver of the car, also in her late 70s, was brought to Cork Uni­ver­sity Hos­pi­tal with se­ri­ous in­juries.

The road was closed, with lo­cal di­ver­sions put in place, to fa­cil­i­tate an ex­am­i­na­tion of the scene by Garda foren­sic col­li­sion in­ves­ti­ga­tors.

Any­one who may have wit­nessed the col­li­sion or has in­for­ma­tion has been urged to con­tact May­field Garda Sta­tion on 021 4558510, the Garda Con­fi­den­tial Line 1800 666 111, or any Garda sta­tion.

Mean­while, gar­daí in Mayo are in­ves­ti­gat­ing a fa­tal two-car col­li­sion on the N5 West­port Road out­side Castle­bar at 8.30am yes­ter­day morn­ing.

A fe­male driver in her mid-60s was rushed from the scene of the crash to Mayo Uni­ver­sity Hos­pi­tal, where she was pro­nounced dead a short time later. The sec­ond driver, a man in his mid-30s, was also brought to Mayo Uni­ver­sity Hos­pi­tal with mi­nor in­juries.

Garda foren­sic col­li­sion in­ves­ti­ga­tors at­tended the scene.

Gar­daí are ap­peal­ing for wit­nesses to con­tact Castle­bar Garda Sta­tion on 094 9038200, the Garda Con­fi­den­tial Line 1800 666 111, or any garda sta­tion.

The two deaths bring to 71 the num­ber of fa­tal­i­ties on Ir­ish roads this year.

Last year there were 142 fa­tal crashes which re­sulted in 157 fa­tal­i­ties on Ir­ish roads, ac­cord­ing to fig­ures from the Road Safety Au­thor­ity. This rep­re­sents 17% fewer col­li­sions (-30) and 16% fewer deaths (-29) com­pared to 2016.

Pic­ture: David Keane

Gar­daí at the scene of a col­li­sion on Bal­ly­hooly Road, May­field, Cork city, in which a man died.

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