Five Dead In Two Road Crashes

The road has been closed to facilitate a forensic investigation

A MAN'S BEEN arrested in connection with an incident involving a gun in the Co Cork village of Newmarket overnight.

It has been established that the road traffic accident happened on the Mallow road at the Waterloo junction before noon.

It appears the the vehicle, which was travelling south toward the city, collided with a northbound truck while attempting to make a right turn.

A man and a woman in their 60s, who were passengers in one of the cars, were pronounced dead at the scene. The truck driver was not injured, gardaí said.

The stretch of road was closed for several hours for examination by Garda Forensic Collision Investigators.

It is understood they are American tourists in their late 50s who were on their way to visit the popular tourist town of Blarney.

The vehicle was travelling towards Cork when the collision happened at the Waterloo junction.

The driver of the auto and a third passenger - both in their 60s - were taken to Cork University Hospital with non life threatening injuries.

The driver of the truck, a man in his 30s, was badly shaken by the collision and he was also taken to Cork University Hospital but it's understood that his injuries were relatively minor and he was treated for shock.

According to RTÉ, the N20 Cork-Limerick road is closed in both directions.

Gardaí have appealed for witnesses to the collision to contact them.



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