US tourist is seriously injured in Cork crash

US tourist is seriously injured in Cork crash
Gardai at the scene of a road traffic accident near the Waterloo junction on the N20 Cork to Mallow road. Picture: David Keane. 

A man is fighting for his life and another woman is seriously injured following a three-car collision on the N20 yesterday morning.

A van and two cars were involved in a crash at Waterloo Junction at around 11.10am.

Two American tourists, driving a rented car, were seriously injured in the incident, with the man having to be cut from the car.

Members of Gurranabraher Gardaí attended the scene, assisted by units from the Divisional Traffic Corps from Cork City, members of the Fire Brigade and Ambulance.

The pair were treated at the scene before being taken to Cork University Hospital for further treatment.

The road was closed off for forensic examination and traffic was diverted in both directions until 4.30pm.

A Garda source said medical personnel are “as concerned as they can be” about the injured male.

The crash occurred at the same place 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.

Insp McPolin also said the junction needed to be looked at by the Cork County Council and the National Roads Authority (NRA) and labelled it an “accident blackspot.” “It is not a coincidence that tourists that 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.

“It is something that all stakeholders will have to assess. It is a junction of concern.” Insp McPolin also asked road users to take care on the roads. “I would say to anyone using the junction or any road, be careful of speed. Take care at road junctions and read road signs.”

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