Several road crashes over Christmas period – motorists advised to exercise caution

Following a number of traffic collisions over the festive period, gardai are advising motorists to exercise extreme caution when driving at present, due to the ever-changing conditions.

With the bad weather, gale force winds, ice and even snow at times, there were very treacherous road conditions for the public to contend with and Mitchelstown Fire Brigade dealt with five road traffic accidents over the festive period.

On Christmas morning, they were called out to two accidents on the motorway near Kilbehenny, where one vehicle crashed near Junction 12, before the crew were called to another accident on the opposite side of the motorway where firefighters from Fermoy, Mitchelstown and Cahir attended.

Then on Stephen’s Day a jeep left the road in Ballylanders.

After Christmas, on December 28, there was a crash on the old Cork Road near the Glocca Maura. Here, two people were taken to hospital after their car went out of control due to icy conditions.

On the same day, there was another single vehicle crash in Castlelyons as a result of the weather.


As the forecast looks bleak for the next few days, people are advised to avoid travelling if there are gale force winds, flooding or ice present.

Drivers are also urged to drive according to the condition of the road, adjust their speed accordingly and be more vigilant. Lights should be turned on at all times to help improve visibility and motorists should be sure to leave a safe distance between their own car and the one in front of you.