TWO people have died and a third is in serious condition after a horrific road accident in Cork that prompted Gardaí to implement their contingency plan.
The collision occurred at 11.15am outside Ringaskiddy on the N28 near the Shannon Park roundabout and involved an articulated lorry and car with two other vehicles involved.
The other vehicles are believed to have been damaged by flying debris.
Two people, a man and a woman over the age of 80, were critically injured and died.
Both are believed to be from the Cork area.
A third person, the occupant of a third vehicle, is understood to have suffered serious but non-life-threatening injuries and was taken to Cork University Hospital (CUH).
The drivers of the van and the third car involved in the collision both received medical examinations at the scene but did not require hospital treatment.
According to initial reports, the truck involved, which was transporting new cars from the port of Ringaskiddy, overturned on its side after the collision.
An eyewitness said one of the cars involved was partially crushed.
Gardaí, HSE paramedics, Carrigaline and Crosshaven Fire Brigade responded to the alarm and were on the scene within minutes.
A total of five ambulances were deployed as a precaution.
A medical support helicopter was also on standby.
The N28 road, which links Cork to Ringaskiddy and Cork Deepwater Port and the nearby town of Carrigaline, is one of the busiest roads in the region.
Gardaí deployed a special road traffic management plan to deal with the magnitude of the collision.
Vehicles and debris from the collision partially blocked the road.
Drivers have been asked to avoid the area if possible due to the heavy traffic.
To facilitate the work of emergency services, Gardaí closed the affected road – and it is expected to remain closed for some time.
Motorists unable to avoid the area have been warned to expect major delays and urged to follow any diversions of Lake Garda traffic.
Forensic investigators at the Garda accident site are now conducting a detailed investigation of the scene to determine the exact cause of the tragedy.
All vehicles involved are also subjected to a thorough inspection.
“Garda Forensic Collision Investigators are currently investigating the crime scene and the vehicles involved,” said a Garda spokesman.
Traffic diversions are expected to remain in place for a few hours, updates will be posted on @gardatraffic.
“Gardaí is appealing to anyone who may have witnessed this collision to come forward. They are also appealing to road users who were traveling on the N28 in the Shannon Park area between 10:45am and 11am to come forward with camera footage (including dashcam) to make available to them.”
“Anyone with information can contact Togher Garda Station on (021) 494 7120, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111 or any Garda Station.”
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