Horror as elderly husband and wife are killed in head-on road smash
An elderly husband and wife died in a head-on collision which forced the closure of the main Cork-Limerick road yesterday.
The accident occurred shortly before 6pm between Buttevant and Mallow, less than 1km from Mallow General Hospital.
Initial reports indicated one vehicle suddenly appeared to veer across the busy road into the path of an oncoming car.
One theory being examined by gardai is that the driver may have taken ill in the seconds before the collision.
A man and a woman, named locally as Con and Mary McCarthy, both in their late 70s, and who were the driver and front seat passenger in one car, suffered multiple injuries.
The woman was pronounced dead at the scene. The man died before he could be taken to Cork University Hospital (CUH), and both are from the Buttevant area of Cork.
A young woman driving a second car suffered only minor cuts and bruises in the collision.
She was treated at the scene by paramedics and was said to be deeply shocked.
The road was immediately closed to facilitate the work of the emergency services, including gardai, Mallow Fire Brigade and paramedics.
Gardai warned the road would remain closed for some time while accident scene investigators examined the precise stretch of the N20 roadway involved.
Diversions were in place and motorists were urged to avoid the area if possible.
Gardai have also appealed for any witnesses to the collision to contact them at Mallow Garda Station on (022) 31450.
Weather conditions were described as quite good at the time of the tragedy.
The accident occurred on a relatively straight stretch of the N20.