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 Gardai on duty at one of the road blocks due to the serious road traffic accident at the Waterloo junction, on the Cork to Mallow road. Picture: David Keane.
Gardai on duty at one of the road blocks due to the serious road traffic accident at the Waterloo junction, on the Cork to Mallow road. Picture: David Keane.
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Two US tourists killed in Cork to Mallow road crash

Two US tourists are dead and three other people were brought to hospital with injuries following a three vehicle road traffic collision that occurred on the Cork to Mallow Road at the Waterloo Junction at around 11am on Monday morning.

It appears the car, which was travelling south toward the city, collided with a northbound truck while attempting to make a right turn. All four people in the car were US tourists.

The man and woman in their 60s, both passengers in the car, were pronounced dead at the scene. The male driver of the car and a second female passenger, also in their 60s and believed to be the partners of the two killed, were taken to Cork University Hospital, as was the driver of the second car involved. 

None of their injuries are life-threatening and the driver of the truck was uninjured.

The stretch of road was closed for several hours for examination by Garda Forensic Collision Investigators. Gardaí have appealed for any witnesses to contact Gurranabraher Garda Station on 021 – 4946200, the Garda Confidential Telephone Line 1800 666111 or any Garda Station.

The deaths today brings to seven the number of people killed on the N20 road over the past two years.

Some of the most serious incidents on the N20 include:

  • In December a pregnant woman was airlifted to Cork University Hospital after a two-car collision on the N20 between Buttevant and Charleville. She was one of three women taken to hospital from the scene.
  • Also in December, a young woman in her 20s from Cork city was killed when her vehicle crashed in the northbound lane of the N20 near the Blarney exit.
  • In June 2016, a man was killed and three people were injured after a van collided with an ambulance in Rathduff in the early hours of the morning. The driver of the van was killed while the two paramedics and a patient in the ambulance were taken to Cork University Hospital.
  • Over a three-week period in March and April 2016, three people were killed on the road including a husband and wife at Baltydaniel outside Mallow.

Today's accident was the first of two fatal crashes in Ireland yesterday. Just after midday two adults and a child were killed in a collision, also between a truck and a car, near Claremorris on the N17.