A 21-YEAR-OLD has been left in a serious condition following a car crash close to Schull in West Cork.
The single vehicle traffic incident occurred at 12.30am on Saturday morning about 1km from Schull on the Ballydehob Road.
Schull and Skibbereen Fire Brigade attended the incident. Both appliances spent several hours attending the crash.
A man, aged 21, was taken by ambulance to Cork University Hospital following the incident and his condition has been described as serious.
The road was closed to facilitate a forensic collision examination and local diversions were put in place.
Gardaí have released an appeal for witnesses and anyone who may have seen anything is asked to contact Schull Garda station on (028) 28111, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111 or any Garda station.
A safety warning has also been issued by the Road Safety Authority and An Garda Síochána over the October Bank Holiday weekend.
A total of 10 people have been killed and another 40 seriously injured over the October Bank Holiday weekends since 2011.
Head of the Cork City Divisional Traffic Corps Finbarr O’Sullivan said with the holiday period and, locally, with the Jazz Festival, there is a lot more movement on roads.
Inspector O’Sullivan also said that with alcohol being consumed during the festivities, it is possible that people will forget to organise a designated driver and perhaps attempt driving themselves while intoxicated.
The head of Cork’s Divisional Traffic Corps also said people have a tendency to drop their guard over the weekend and on some occasions forget to wear seat belts or drive faster than usual in order to make appointments.
Inspector O’Sullivan urged people to be cautious and careful over the Jazz weekend.
“We will have a lot of visitors coming from various locations and they will not be familiar with the road networks here in Cork, this is another aspect that could contribute to an incident.”
Insp O’Sullivan said drivers being distracted or fatigued could also lead to an accident.
“It is the last Bank Holiday before Christmas and our advice is to drive consciously.