Granddad, 80, killed and 10-year-old boy injured in horror Cork crash as FIVE die in 48 hours of carnage on Irish roads
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Granddad, 80, killed and 10-year-old boy injured in horror Cork crash as FIVE die in 48 hours of carnage on Irish roads

AN ELDERLY MAN has been killed and a young boy injured in yet another fatal crash on Ireland's roads in the last two days.

The tragic two-vehicle collision occurred on the N71 at Bawnshanaclogh, Ballydehob in Co. Cork shortly before 10pm last night.

The 80-year-old driver of the car was fatally injured and his body was removed to Cork University Hospital (CUH) where a post-mortem will take place today.

His 10-year-old male passenger was injured and taken to CUH with non-life threatening injuries.

The driver of the van, a 42-year-old man, received minor injuries in the crash.

The N71 remained closed this morning as Garda forensic collision investigators examined the scene.

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It brings to five the number of people killed on Irish roads in the last 48 hours alone.

Elsewhere, two people died in Cork and Mayo in separate accidents yesterday, while an elderly couple lost their lives in a crash between a car and lorry in Limerick on Wednesday.

In total, 71 people have been killed on the Irish road network in 2018 - three more than at this time last year.

Gardaí are appealing to anyone who witnessed last night's collision in Cork or who has information to call Bantry Garda Station on 02 720 860, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111 or any Garda station.