Woman fighting for her life after multi-vehicle collision in Cork

Updated at 08:47

A woman is fighting for her life following a multi-vehicle collision in Cork on Thursday afternoon.

Echo Live reports gardaí and firefighters used every piece of emergency equipment available to free the woman who was trapped in her car for nearly three hours at Carr's Hill.

The woman was later brought to Cork University Hospital where she remains in a serious condition.

The incident happened on the N28 at Carr's Hill at around 1.15pm on Thursday.

The rescue operation has been described as one of the most technically difficult rescues in Cork city in the last decade.

Gardaí are trying to establish the details of the crash, but it's understood there was a collision between a car and an articulated truck which caused it to jackknife and fall onto a car travelling in the opposite direction.

Heavy lifting equipment was needed in the three-hour operation to extract the woman in her 50's from the wreckage.

No other injuries were reported from the incident.

The road remains closed between the Shannon Road roundabout in Carrigaline and the Bloomfield Interchange in Douglas.

Local diversions have been put in place and motorists are being advised to avoid the area where possible.

Gardaí are appealing for any witnesses, including those with dash-cam footage, to make it available to investigating officers.

Those with information are asked to contact Togher Garda station on 021-494 7120, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800-666 111, or any Garda station.

Earlier, Gardaí said they are aware of images of the incident being circulated online and over messaging apps.

They urged the public not to share any such footage, as it is a live and ongoing situation, and out of respect for those involved.