Bus Eireann has issued a statement this evening after one of its employees and a pedestrian died in a collision in Monkstown.
A Bus Eireann spokesperson said: "Bus Éireann extends the deepest sympathies of the entire company to the family and friends of the two people who died in a serious collision in Monkstown, Cork, today Tuesday 3 August 2021, one of them being a long-standing and greatly valued employee based at the Capwell Depot."
Stephen Kent, Chief Executive Officer of Bus Éireann said: “This is a very tragic event. This is a terrible and sad day for everyone at Bus Éireann, and we are all heavy-hearted.
“Our thoughts are with the families and communities affected by this loss. We would like sincerely to thank the emergency services for all their work and assistance today and our own employees who responded at the scene.”
The spokesperson added: "Bus Éireann is putting in place support measures for employees impacted.
"The collision occurred in Monkstown at approximately 1.40pm on Cork city service 216 from Monkstown to Cork University Hospital. The vehicle was a single deck city bus, registered in 2016. Gardaí have confirmed to Bus Éireann there were no other injuries.
"Safety has always been Bus Éireann’s priority and the company is also investigating the accident, and cooperating fully with the relevant authorities."
EMERGENCY services are currently at the scene of a fatal road traffic collision that occurred on the Strand Road in Monkstown, Cork this afternoon at around 1.30pm.
The incident involved a bus, a pedestrian and a number of cars. A pedestrian in his 60s and a bus driver in his 50s have died.
A Garda spokesperson said: "A bus collided with a pedestrian and a number of parked vehicles during the incident. The driver of the bus, a male aged in his 50s, died during the incident. His body remains at the scene.
"The pedestrian, a male aged in his 60s, was fatally injured during the incident. His body also remains at the scene at this time.
"The road is currently closed to allow for Forensic Collision Investigators to carry out a technical examination. Local diversions are in place."
Gardaí in Togher are appealing for any witnesses to this collision to come forward. Any road users who were travelling on the Strand Road between 1.15pm and 1.45pm this afternoon, and those who may have camera footage (including dash cam), are asked to make this footage available to investigating Gardaí.
Anyone with any information is asked to contact Togher Garda Station on 021 494 7120, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111, or any Garda station