Three people are recovering in hospital following a two-car crash in Co Clare last night.
The collision occurred around 7.30pm at a roundabout close to St Patrick’s Comprehensive School in Shannon and just 100 metres from the local fire station.
Fire crews from Shannon were however dealing with a bad chimney fire at Dromoland Castle Hotel at the time so personnel from Ennis had to travel almost 23 kilometres from their base to deal with the incident.
Three ambulances from Limerick City and Ennis along with local gardaí also responded to the incident.
Three people were injured in the collision while three others escaped unscathed.
The casualties were assessed and stabilised at the scene before being removed by ambulance to University Hospital Limerick for treatment.
One man, a passenger in one of the vehicles, is understood the have sustained multiple injuries. The two others were less seriously hurt.
None of the injuries were said to be life-threatening.
Traffic was held up for some time as the roundabout was completely blocked by emergency vehicles.
Dozens of people emerged from their homes, some in their pyjamas, to see what had happened while others helped the injured until emergency services arrived.
Gardaí from Shannon are investigating the incident.