Cork, Mayo crashes bring road deaths to 71
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.
Gardaí at the scene of a collision on Ballyhooly Road, Mayfield, Cork city, in which a man died.