Two killed in Cork crashes over a 24-hour period

Two killed in Cork crashes over a 24-hour period
The scene at Gordon's Hill and Ballyhooley Road yesterday. Picture: Jim Coughlan.

TWO elderly men have died on Cork roads in the last 24 hours, in a horror two days of crashes which have claimed five lives across the country.

A man killed in an accident in Cork city yesterday morning has been named as Jack Hanly from Iona Place in Mayfield. He was in his late 70s. His wife, also in her late 70s, was left fighting for her life when the car she was driving collided with a gate post.

The single-vehicle accident happened at 8.10am yesterday at the junction of Ballyhooley Road and Gordon’s Hill. Mr Hanly was the passenger in the vehicle.

Last night, at 9.50pm, another fatal crash occurred on the N71 between Ballydehob and Bantry, claiming the life of a man in his 80s.

The two-vehicle collision also caused injuries to a 10-year-old boy, who had been travelling in the car with the deceased.

The other driver, a male aged 42, received minor injuries.

Local Fine Gael Councillor Mary Hegarty said the road, which has received funding in recent weeks for an upgrade, was very narrow and busy. “Our roads are very beautiful and scenic, but it is important that they are also safe. It is very sad, my sympathies go out to the relatives and family.”

Gardaí are appealing to anyone who may have witnessed the collisions to contact them.

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