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Driver caution urged after accident

Wednesday, 6th June, 2018 3:47pm

Drivers must be mindful of farming vehicles on the road after a fatal accident in Cork, a local councillor has said.

Patrick McMahon from Churchtown near Mallow was killed on Monday in a collision between the van he was driving and a tractor on the R522, approximately three miles from Buttevant. The removal of Mr McMahon took place last night and he will be buried tomorrow (Friday) at St Gobnait's Cemetery in Mallow following requiem mass at Christ King Church in Turners Cross.

Mr McMahon, formerly of Douglas, was travelling with his teenage daughter and a family friend, also in their teens, when the incident occurred at 1pm on Monday. Both teenagers were airlifted to CUH, and are in a serious condition.

Gardaí and emergency services attended the scene, where Mr McMahon was pronounced dead. The driver of the tractor, a man in his 20s, was not physically harmed.

Fine Gael County Councillor John Paul O’Shea, who visited the scene of the accident, said:

“Our sympathies go out to the family and friends of Mr McMahon. Our thoughts are with the other two injured passengers, as well as the driver of the tractor, who is obviously very distressed as a result of the accident. I am aware of the great sense of community spirit there, and any loss in a community like that is a very tragic one. I have no doubt they will rally behind the families involved in this incident over the coming weeks.”

Adding that tractors and farming vehicles tended to be more prevalent on the roads during warm weather, Cllr O’Shea advised motorists to take extra care during the summer months.

“North Cork would be very much an agricultural community, so there’s often machinery travelling the roads there. Drivers need to be prepared for meeting large vehicles like that, sometimes not only on regional roads, but on minor local roads. We need to be mindful of that.”

In a statement following the accident, Cork County Fire Service paid tribute to Mr McMahon and those involved, and also advised caution on the roads:

“Please be aware that this time of year is extremely busy for large agricultural machinery on our roads. Please take all due care and consideration possible as we all share these roads equally. Slow down and stay safe,” they said.

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