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Driver travelling in the wrong direction killed in Cork road crash

The two-car collision happened on the N25 between Little Island and Cobh.

The N25 at Harper's Island
The N25 at Harper's Island
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Updated 9.38pm

A MAN IN his 80s was driving in the wrong direction when he collided with another car on the N25 in Cork earlier today.

The man was killed instantly when his wine coloured Seat Ibiza collided was travelling in the wrong direction on the west bound lane of the N25 towards Cork city and collided with a red Subaru Impreza that was travelling in the same lane towards Carrigtwohill.

The incident happened at Harper’s Island, between the Little Island and the Cobh Junctions, at around 11.30am. The victim was pronounced dead at the scene.

The man driving the second car, 32, has been taken to Cork University Hospital for treatment to injuries described as “not life-threatening”. Both were the sole occupants of their vehicles.

The road was closed to facilitate a forensic collision investigation but has since reopened.

Gardaí are now appealing for witnesses to the incident to contact them at Cobh Garda Station on 021 490 8530, the Garda Confidential Line 1800-666-111 or any Garda Station.

First published 2.13pm

This article originally stated that the man was in his 70s, gardaí now believe he was in his 80s.

- additional reporting from Hugh O’Connell

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