Two people killed in horror head-on collision
TWO people have died in a head-on collision which has forced the closure of the Cork-Limerick road.
The accident occurred shortly before 6pm between Buttevant and Mallow.
Initial reports indicated that one vehicle suddenly appeared to veer across the busy road into the path of an oncoming car.
Gardai and paramedics were at the scene within minutes.
However, a man and a woman, both understood to be in their 70s, suffered multiple injuries.
Both were pronounced dead before they could be rushed to Cork University Hospital (CUH).
It is understood they are husband and wife.
A woman driving a second car was hurt in the collision.
However, her injuries are not understood to be life-threatening.
The road was closed to facilitate the work of the emergency services.
Gardaí warned the road will remain closed for some time while accident scene investigators examine the stretch of roadway involved.
Cork. Serious road traffic collision N20 Cork to Limerick Rd just outside Mallow on the Limerick side. Road closed and diversions in place.— An Garda Síochána (@GardaTraffic) April 5, 2016
Diversions are in place and motorists have been urged to avoid the area if possible as lengthy delays are expected.
Gardaí have also appealed for witnesses to contact them.