UPDATE: Forensic scene investigation underway in Cork after two die in multi-vehicle collision 

Two people travelling in one of the cars together, both understood to be in their 80s, were pronounced dead at the scene. 
UPDATE: Forensic scene investigation underway in Cork after two die in multi-vehicle collision 

The scene of a fatal crash in Cork involving a car transporter truck and cars.

Update 5pm: Forensic scene investigators are at work in Cork trying to piece together what happened in this morning's fatal collision on the N28. 

Two people, believed to be in their 80s, died when the car in which they were travelling was involved in a multi-car collision near the Shannon Park roundabout in Carrigaline. A car transporter and two other vehicles were also involved in the incident, which occurred at approximately 11am. 

The road between Shannonpark Roundabout and Shanbally and Ringaskiddy was closed following the incident, pending a full forensic collision investigation examination of the scene. Traffic diversions are in place. 

“The vehicle was heading towards Ringaskiddy and the car transporter was heading for the roundabout," a garda source told The Echo. "That’s where the forensic scene investigators will come up with the answers. 

"We are trying to piece together exactly what happened and that will all form part of the investigation.” 

The fatal collision prompted a massive multi-agency response. The driver of a second involved in the collision was taken to Cork University Hospital and the drivers of the transporter and third car involved in the collision were both medically assessed at the scene, but did not require hospital treatment.

“The Garda response and the ambulance response were very, very quick," the garda said. "There were numerous ambulances at the scene.

“The Fire Service was very efficient in what they did to protect the scene and ensure that traffic was diverted from the scene.”

Local Fianna Fáil Councillor Seamus McGrath extended his sympathies to all involved.

“It is shocking news," he said. 

"I want to extend my deepest sympathies to all involved especially the family of the elderly couple that lost their lives in this horrific tragedy.”

Update 2.35pm: Gardaí in Togher are appealing for witnesses following a fatal road traffic collision in Cork this morning, which claimed the lives of two people believed to be in their 80s. 

The incident, which involved a car transporter and three other vehicles, occurred at around 11am on the N28 at the Shannon Park roundabout in Carrigaline.

A Garda spokesperson this afternoon confirmed that two people travelling together in one of the cars have died and a third person has been hospitalised following the collision.

“At approximately 11am, Gardaí and emergency services were alerted to a collision involving a car transporter and three cars on the N28 at the Shannon Park roundabout in Carrigaline.

“The occupants of one of the cars, a man and woman both understood to be in their 80s, were pronounced dead at the scene a short time later.

“They have since been removed to the mortuary at Cork University Hospital.

“The driver of a second car was taken by ambulance to Cork University Hospital.

“His injuries are not described as life threatening.

“The drivers of the transporter and third car involved in the collision were both medically assessed at the scene, but did not require hospital treatment.

“Garda Forensic Collision Investigators are currently examining the scene and vehicles involved,” the spokesperson said.

Traffic diversions are expected to remain in place for a number of hours.

Updates will be provided on An Garda Síochána’s official Twitter account, @gardatraffic.

Gardaí are also appealing for witnesses following the incident.

“Gardaí are appealing to anyone who may have witnessed this collision to come forward.

“They are also appealing to road users who were travelling on the N28 in the Shannon Park area between 10:45 and 11am with camera footage (including dash cam), to make it available to them,” the spokesperson said.

Anyone with information can contact Togher Garda Station on (021) 494 7120, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111 or any Garda Station.

Earlier: Emergency services are currently at the scene of a major incident unfolding on the N28 in Cork, where it is understood that two people have died following a collision. 

The incident occurred on the N28 between Shannon Park in Carrigaline and Shanbally Village this morning and there has been a massive emergency response, with multiple ambulances attending in addition to Gardaí and the fire service. 

Diversions are currently in place and it is expected that the road will be closed for a number of hours. 

A Garda spokesperson told The Echo: "Gardaí and emergency services are currently attending a two-vehicle traffic collision that occurred on the N28 between Shannonpark and Shanbally Village, Co Cork.

"Diversions are in place while the scene is being attended. 

"No further details are available at this time."

More to follow. 

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