Two killed as car veers off moun­tain road and crashes into swollen stream

Irish Independent - - News - Ralph Riegel

TWO men died in a hor­ror ac­ci­dent af­ter a car car­ry­ing four men veered off a moun­tain road and crashed into a swollen road­side stream.

The tragedy oc­curred on the Ken­mare Road just out­side Glen­gar­riff vil­lage in west Cork, shortly af­ter 5am yes­ter­day.

It hap­pened on a stretch of road where a moun­tain stream runs be­hind a stone wall par­al­lel to the road­way some 2km from the vil­lage.

The stream was swollen due to re­cent heavy rain­fall and the ac­ci­dent hap­pened near one of the deep­est sec­tions of the wa­ter­way.

A passer-by spot­ted the car wreck­age and raised the alarm. Gar­daí, paramedics and Bantry Fire Brigade raced to the scene.

Two oc­cu­pants of the ve­hi­cle were pro­nounced dead at the scene.

They were named lo­cally as Michael Bowen (40), from Ahak­ista, Cork, and Tadhg Mur­phy (19), from Glen­gar­riff, Cork.

In­juries

Mr Mur­phy would have cel­e­brated his 20th birth­day in just over two weeks.

A third man was air­lifted to Cork Univer­sity Hos­pi­tal (CUH) with serious but non-life-threat­en­ing in­juries. He re­mains in a serious but sta­ble con­di­tion in CUH.

A fourth man es­caped un­in­jured.

Both men who sur­vived the crash are aged in their 20s and are from the greater Glen­gar­riff area.

Post-mortem ex­am­i­na­tions will be con­ducted on the two de­ceased at CUH.

It was a grim week­end on Ir­ish roads as an el­derly Pol­ish woman died on Sun­day evening from in­juries she sus­tained in a col­li­sion in Cork on Fri­day.

Mean­while, a mo­tor­cy­clist died in a crash in Wex­ford on Satur­day.

Celina Gosz (94) died at CUH af­ter suf­fer­ing crit­i­cal in­juries in a three-ve­hi­cle col­li­sion at

Kil­leagh in east Cork shortly af­ter 5pm on July 31.

She was a back-seat pas­sen­ger in one of the ve­hi­cles in­volved.

Yes­ter­day’s tragedy brings to 87 the num­ber of peo­ple to have died on Ir­ish roads so far this year – nine more than for the same pe­riod last year de­spite the three-month Covid-19 pan­demic lock­down.

Gar­daí closed the Glen­gar­riff Road to fa­cil­i­tate the work of ac­ci­dent scene in­ves­ti­ga­tors and the emer­gency ser­vices.

The stretch of road lies at the bot­tom of a rel­a­tively steep de­scent into the west Cork vil­lage from Kerry.

Di­ver­sions were put in place and mo­torists were urged to avoid the area.

Bantry gar­daí were ap­peal­ing for any wit­nesses to the crash or the move­ments of the car in­volved to come for­ward and as­sist their in­quiry.

“We are ap­peal­ing for any wit­nesses that may have seen a black Volk­swa­gen Jetta prior to the ac­ci­dent, or in the gen­eral vicin­ity of Glen­gar­riff last night, to con­tact us,” Supt De­clan O’Sul­li­van said.

Any­one with in­for­ma­tion is asked to con­tact Bantry Garda Sta­tion on (027) 20860 or the Garda Confidenti­al Line on (1800) 666111.

Cork South West TD Michael Collins said the om­mu­nity was in shock at the scale of the tragedy.

“A tragedy like this is a cause of great up­set to the whole com­mu­nity from Bantry to Kil­cro­hane and be­yond,” he said.

“It is hard to com­pre­hend the scale of the tragedy. Your thoughts and prayers go out to the fam­i­lies in­volved, who are heart­bro­ken.

“This is a very tight-knit com­mu­nity and it is a truly shock­ing loss of life for them.”

PHOTO: DE­NIS BOYLE

Tragedy: Left: Michael Bowen. Above: A garda di­rects traf­fic at a check­point near the scene on the Ken­mare Road close to Glen­gar­riff, Co Cork.

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