A WOMAN was killed instantly when she was struck by two vehicles as she crossed a busy Cork road this evening.
The woman, aged in her 50s, was crossing the road at a busy junction in the Mayfield area of Cork city when the collision occurred.
It’s understood the woman was tragically struck by both a truck and a van.
The tragedy happened at around 4.50pm at the junction of the Old Youghal Road, not far from Mayfield Business Park.
Weather conditions were extremely bad with heavy rain and reduced visibility in the area at the time of the collision.
The woman died at the scene.
Motorists and pedestrians immediately went to her assistance while Gardai and paramedics were on site within minutes.
Despite desperate attempts to revive her, she was pronounced dead at the scene.
Her body was taken to the morgue at Cork University Hospital for a postmortem examination which will take place on Friday morning.
The busy road was immediately closed by Gardai and motorists were diverted via other routes.
An extensive examination of the scene was carried out by garda forensic collision investigators.
Motorists who may have travelled through the area at the time and whose vehicles are equipped with dash-cameras are asked to contact gardai if they saw anything that might assist in their enquiries.
A garda spokesman said: “Gardai and emergency services are currently at the scene of a serious road traffic collision at the junction of the North Ring Road and the Old Youghal Road, outside Mayfield Business Park, Cork.
“The collision occurred at approximately 4.50pm and involved an articulated lorry and a pedestrian.
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“The road is currently closed with local diversions in place and motorists are asked to avoid the area where possible.”
The tragedy brings to 138 the number of people who have died on Irish roads this year, including 30 pedestrians who have lost their lives.
Both Gardai and the Road Safety Authority have recently launched a major road safety campaign for Christmas and the New Year.