Cyclist’s hand crushed under lorry

Cyclist’s hand crushed under lorry

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Fire service personnel from Shannon at the scene of the accident – © Pat Flynn, 2014

A cyclist was airlifted to hospital yesterday with extensive injuries she suffered when a truck drive over her hand after she had fallen from her bike.

The 42-year-old woman had been cycling with friends along a country road at Granaghan More close to the shores of Fenloe Lake near Newmarket on Fergus at around 5.30pm when the incident occurred.

It’s understood that two of the cyclists clipped each other sending both crashing to the ground. It’s believed one may have been trying to move in out of the path of an oncoming lorry.

The lorry driver, who was not injured, tried to stop however the woman fell in front of his vehicle. She sustained extensive injuries to one of her hands.

Two units of the fire brigade from Shannon along with an ambulance and rapid response advanced paramedic unit from Ennis responded to the incident.

Paramedics assessed the woman and determined that she should be removed to hospital in Galway as soon as possible.

The Emergency Aeromedical Service was alerted and the HSE’s air ambulance, operated by the Air Corps, was requested to attend the scene.

Fire crews selected a clear landing site for the helicopter just yards from the scene of the collision. Fire personnel and paramedics carried the woman across a field to the helicopter before she was airlifted to University Hospital Galway for emergency surgery.

The other cyclists were uninjured but were said to have been left badly shaken by the incident. Family members arrived at the scene while one travelled to hospital in the helicopter with the injured woman.

Gardaí have already interviewed the other cyclists and the lorry driver and believe they now have a complete picture of what happened.

The road remained closed until gardaí had completed an examination of the scene and a preliminary inspection of the truck.

Gardaí from Newmarket on Fergus are investigating the incident.

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Chief Reporter Pat Flynn has worked as a journalist for almost 30 years. His career began during the late 1980s when, like many aspiring radio presenters of the time, he worked for local pirate radio stations in Clare and Limerick. Pat joined Clare FM in 1990 where he worked as researcher initially and later presented several different programmes including the station's flagship current affairs programme. He was also the station's News Editor and Deputy Controller of Programmes. Despite leaving in 2003 to pursue a career as a freelance journalist, he continues to work with the station to this day. As well as being the Clare Herald’s Chief Reporter Pat is also freelance journalist and broadcaster, contributing to Ireland’s national newspapers and is a regular contributor to national broadcasters.

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