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Tuesday 26 September 2017

US tourists killed in Cork crash were on a couples holiday

The wreckage of one of the cars involved in the fatal crash. Photo: John Delea
The wreckage of one of the cars involved in the fatal crash. Photo: John Delea

Two American tourists who died in a horror road crash in Co Cork were on the fourth day of a dream Irish holiday.

The pair were named locally last night as James Baker (62), from Columbia, Indiana, and Peggy Sue Adams (59), from Ohio.

They were on a trip here with their partners after flying in last Friday.

Mr Baker is believed to be related to the driver of the hire car, who was seriously injured in the collision with an articulated lorry and another car on the N20 Cork-Limerick road at Waterloo yesterday.

It is understood the American friends hired a car at Dublin Airport and planned to spend a week touring the island.

The collision happened at about 11am close to a junction used to access Blarney village and near a turn-off to Blarney Castle.

Shock

Both victims were pronounced dead at the scene before they could be transferred to Cork University Hospital (CUH).

The driver of the car, along with another female passenger in her 60s and the pregnant driver of a second car, were injured in the collision and taken to CUH and the Mercy University Hospital (MUH).

It is not believed that any of the three suffered life-threatening injuries.

The male driver of the lorry was treated at the scene for severe shock but did not require hospital treatment.

Gardai had to close the section of road affected to assist the work of the emergency services, which included four units of Cork fire brigade units and five HSE ambulances.

Gardai yesterday appealed for witnesses to the collision to contact them. It is expected to be several days before they can speak to the driver of the vehicle in which the two US tourists were killed about the precise circumstances of the collision.

Anyone with information on the tragedy or the movements of the vehicles involved is asked to contact Gurranabraher Garda Station on (021) 4946200.

Meanwhile, a man in his 20s remained in a critical condition after he was struck by a van in a hit-and-run in Co Longford at the weekend.

Gardai were last night appealing for witnesses following the incident on Main Street, Edgeworthstown, at 2.30am on Sunday.

The pedestrian sustained serious head injuries after he was stuck by a silver Ford Transit van, which failed to remain at the scene. He was taken to the Midland Regional Hospital Mullingar and was subsequently transferred to Beaumont Hospital in Dublin.

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