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One Man Dead In Tipperary Road Collision

Southbound lanes of the main Dublin to Cork M8 motorway near junction 12 (J.12), Mitchelstown North in Co Tipperary, remain closed this morning, following a collision between two motor vehicles last night, which tragically has claimed the life of one 79-year-old driver.

The crash is understood to have occurred at around 9.00pm with the victim being pronounced dead at the scene, before being removed to Cork University Hospital.

It is believed that the deceased motorist, named locally as Mr Dave Walsh of Skeheenarinky near Burncourt, Cahir, may have entered the southbound carriageway of the M8; driving in the wrong direction, which resulted in the collision.

The occupants of the second vehicle involved; two men, suffered non-life threatening injuries and were treated by paramedics at the scene.

Motorists are being advised to avoid the route between J.11 Cahir South and J.12 Mitchelstown North, as diversions are in place while Garda forensic crash investigators carry out an examination of the scene.

This is now the third motorway death in Tipperary this year. Gardaí in Cahir are appealing to anyone who was travelling on the M8 at the time or may have witnessed the collision, to contact them at Cahir Garda Station Tel: 052-7445630.


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