The crash scene near Lissarda. Pic: John Delea

AN elderly couple have died and four other people have been injured following a two-car, head-on collision on the main N22 Cork – Killarney road at Lissarda near Crookstown.

The accident happened at 6.25 pm when the two cars struck each other on a bend between the Crookstown turn off and Lissarda village.

A woman driver, aged 81 and her 79-year-old husband who were travelling east towards Cork were both killed in the collision.

They were both pronounced dead at the scene.

They were later named as Robert Condon, aged 79 and his wife, Mary, aged 81 from Midleton.

Two adults and two children travelling in the second car were taken to hospital but are not believed to have been seriously injured.

Diversions are in place via Coachford while the circumstances of the accident are fully investigated.