Fatality after M8 wrong-way crash

Fatality after M8 wrong-way crash

A man in his late seventies has died following a collision on the M8 Cork-Dublin motorway, between J11 Cahir South and J12 Mitchelstown North.

The fatal crash happened around 9pm on Monday after the man’s car was driven north on the southbound lane of the motorway and was involved in a collision with a second car. He was pronounced dead at the scene and his body was taken to Cork University Hospital.

The driver of the second car was also taken to CUH with injuries described as minor.

Gardaí, paramedics and three units of the fire brigade attended the scene and the road was closed, leading to long traffic delays in the area.

The road was expected to remain closed for much of Tuesday morning while a technical examination took place by Garda Forensic Collision Investigators. Local diversions were in place.

Gardaí said the deceased man was from the local area. Witnesses are asked to contact Cahir Garda Station on 052 7445630, The Garda Confidential Telephone Line 1800 666 111 or any Garda Station.

In December 2016 an 84-year-old man died after driving the wrong direction on the motorway before hitting a delivery van head-on. Tom Joe O’Riordan performed a u-turn at the toll plaza at Watergrasshill before driving north on the southbound lane. An inquest last week heard Mr O’Riordan, who was previously prescribed medication for memory loss, drove his jeep over 3km against the flow of traffic before the crash.

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