US tourist recovering after crash at Waterloo junction described by gardaí as "trecherous"

US tourist recovering after crash at Waterloo junction described by gardaí as "trecherous"

Gardaí diverting traffic near Blarney, as a result of a road traffic accident at the Waterloo
junction on the N20 Cork to Mallow Road.

THE condition of a man seriously injured following a three-car collision on the N20 yesterday morning has improved overnight.

A van and two cars were involved in the incident at Waterloo Junction at around 11.10am.

The male and female American tourists, in the rented car, were seriously injured, with the man having to be cut from the car. The pair were treated at the scene before being taken to Cork University Hospital. The road was closed off for forensic examination and traffic was diverted in both directions until 4.30pm.

The crash occurred at the same location where two American tourists were killed in a three-car collision last September at the junction.

Inspector Gary McPolin said Gardaí were appealing for witnesses to come forward to help in the investigation.

Inspector McPolin also said the junction needed to be looked at by Cork County Council and Transport Infrastructure Ireland (formerly the National Roads Authority) and labelled it an accident blackspot.

“It is not a coincidence that tourists who don’t know the area were involved in the crash at the same place two tourists were killed last year. It is a treacherous junction.

“We are looking at all possibilities. We are establishing if they were using a Sat Nav or not, that may be an issue as well,” he said.

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