Man dies after crashing through steel railings
A middle-aged man succumbed to multiple injuries after his car ploughed through steel railings.
The accident occurred in The Glen area of Cork shortly before 8pm on Monday evening.
The man, who is 51, suffered multiple injuries and had to be cut free of the wreckage.
He was transferred to Cork University Hospital (CUH) where doctors desperately tried to stabilise his condition.
However, he died a short time after being admitted.
The road was closed as three units of Cork fire brigade worked with Gardai and paramedics to assist the injured man at the scene.
Garda accident scene investigators last night began a painstaking examination of the area to determine what caused the freak accident.
One theory being examined is that the man may have been taken ill in the moments before the collision.
The vehicle had apparently descended a steep hill before losing control and ploughing directly into the steel railings.
The two metre steel railing surround a commercial premises and community centre as well as an enclosed a parking area.
Emergency services said it was a miracle more people weren't injured given the freak nature of the accident, the busy road and the manner in which the car flipped onto other vehicles.
The parked cars impacted were all empty at the time.
Gardai have appealed for anyone who witnessed the collision to contact them.
It was the second fatality on Cork roads in the space of 12 hours after a man in his 70s died in a single vehicle accident outside the village Knockraha, near Glanmire, on the north eastern outskirts of Cork city.
The man was the driver and only occupant of the car when it collided with a ditch and overturned.
Post mortem examinations will take place in both cases at CUH today.