Gardaí have actually appealed for witnesses following a single car crash which claimed the lives of two men in West Cork on Monday.

The crash also left a teenager seriously hurt when a car entered into a river near Glengarriff early on Monday morning.

Supt Declan O’Sullivan of Bantry Garda station said gardaí were anxious to talk to anyone who may have seen the VW Jetta which crashed on the Kenmare Road in Glengariff at around 5.30 am today.

The motorist of the vehicle, Tadhg Murphy (19) from Bocarna, Glengarriff and a rear seat passenger, Michael Bowen (40) from Akakista, Durrus were both killed when the vehicle crashed off the Kenmare Roadway and dropped down in the Glengarriff river, about a kilometre from Glengarriff.

The car dropped down about 20 feet from the roadway before coming to rest on its roofing system in about 3 feet of water and both deceased were noticable dead at the scene after they were recuperated from the lorry by members of Bantry and Castletownbere Units of Cork County Fire Service.

It is comprehended that a person of the other residents of the cars and truck, a 22 years of age from Glengarriff handled to get out from the upturn cars and truck and he helped the other resident, a 17 year old from the lorry and performed CPR on him up until the emergency services came to the scene.

The 17- year-old, who is also from Glengarriff, was rushed by ambulance to Cork University Healthcare facility where he underwent emergency surgical treatment and he stayed in a vital condition on Monday evening while the 22 year old was likewise dealt with for small non-life threatening injuries.

It’s the 2nd catastrophe to befall the Bowen household as Michael Bowen’s daddy, John was eliminated in a roadway traffic collision when he was hit by a 4 X 4 while walking home along the Kilcrohane Roadway in Durrus prior to 2am on January 30 th 2016.

Regional independent Cork South West TD Michael Collins from Lowertown near Schull said the disaster had actually cast a pall of gloom around the greater Bantry location and people’s ideas and prayers were with the two young men who were hurt in the accident.

” Michael Bowen was doing a bit of stone masonry work in current times– he was a good old character and well liked– it’s really unfortunate for him and his family, particularly given the tragedy they suffered a few years ago when his dad was eliminated in a traffic mishap in Durrus.

” It’s shocking, the whole thing is shocking– for this catastrophe to strike the higher Bantry location on a Bank Holiday weekend, or indeed at any time for that matter, is a cause of fantastic upset and unhappiness, it’s difficult to comprehend the disaster at this time, the whole location is numb, absolutely numb.”

Gardaí closed off the road for a number of hours to permit a Forensic Crash Investigator take a look at the scene of the crash while a garda PSV inspector is expected to examine the VW Jetta once it is obtained from the river to establish if there was any mechanical fault with the vehicle prior to the crash.

Gardaí are hoping that post-mortems at Cork University Health center on Tuesday will establish the specific cause of death of Mr Murphy and Mr Bowen.

The crash happened about 100 metres from the entrance to the Glengarriff Wood Nature Reserve on the Kenmare Road and amongst the lines of queries being pursued by gardaí is whether the 4 friends might have spent some time in the woods simply prior to the accident.

Gardaí have actually asked anybody who can assist them in their examination to call Bantry Garda Station on 027 20860 and they are anxious that anybody who might have camera video, including dash-cam and remained in the location at the time to make this video footage offered.

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