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Tuesday 21 November 2017

Driver breaks his legs in bid to flee crash

EMERGENCY services winched a driver to safety after he leapt over an embankment following a head-on collision.

The man broke both his legs after jumping 40ft down an embankment in a desperate bid to flee the scene of the road crash.

Emergency services found the man where he had fallen on to a railway line at the bottom of the embankment close to the Lower Glanmire Road in Cork city.

Members of the fire brigade and ambulance service tended to the man at the scene and assessed him before winching him to safety. It is understood he broke both his legs.



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These dramatic pictures show how the injured man was winched to safety before being taken to Cork University Hospital.

He was the driver of the car, a red Audi, involved in a collision with a blue Honda Civic at around 5.30pm. Gardai believe the Audi was stolen, with witnesses saying the driver was spotted overtaking other vehicles before crashing into the Honda.

The two occupants of the Honda Civic -- a man and a woman -- sustained minor injuries in the collision.

Gardai, personnel from Cork fire service and two HSE ambulances attended the scene.

Gardai at Mayfield are investigating the incident.

Separately, statistics for 2011 showed the number of people killed on the roads has fallen by almost half in just a decade.

Some 186 people were killed on Irish roads last year -- a drop of 26 on 2010 and the lowest since records began in 1959.

Deaths have fallen for the sixth consecutive year, and this is the fourth year in succession where deaths have been at a record low.

Transport Minister Leo Varadkar said motorists should be proud of their achievement, but warned that road safety would remain a "key priority".

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