Motorcyclists recovering after Doonbeg collision

Motorcyclists recovering after Doonbeg collision

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The scene of yesterday's collision on the N67 near Doonbeg - © Pat Flynn 2014
The scene of yesterday’s collision on the N67 near Doonbeg – © Pat Flynn 2014

Two German motorcyclists are recovering in hospital after they were injured, one seriously, in a collision with a rental car near Doonbeg.

The collision occurred at around 2.45pm at Mountrivers on the outskirts of Doonbeg on the N67 road.

The two motorbikes crashed head-on into a car driven by an American tourist. It’s understood the car clipped another vehicle before colliding with a bridge and then the two motorcycles.

One of the bikes became embedded in the front of the car while the second motorcyclist was thrown over the car in the collision.

The male motorcyclist is understood to have sustained multiple injuries including fractures to both legs. His wife was also injured but less seriously.

Ambulances from Kilrush and Ennis along with units of the fire brigade from Kilrush and Kilkee raced to the scene.

A rapid response advanced paramedic unit from Ennis also travelled to the scene where the casualties were assessed and treated. They were both taken by ambulance to University Hospital Limerick for treatment where their injuries are not believed to be life threatening.

The injured were part of a group of six motorcyclists from southern Germany that had been touring Ireland for the past week. They are due to return home by ferry from Rosslare via France this weekend.

One of the motorcycle group spoke about the incident at the scene.

“They were very lucky. We were all very lucky. The car came over the bridge and hit them. I think they are American tourists. We have been here for six days and should be going home on Saturday. We are getting the ferry from Rosslare to France,” he said.

“I don’t know what we will do now. We will have to wait and see how our friends are but we think they are alright. They are very lucky,” he added.

Gardaí at Kilrush are investigating the collision which resulted in the road being closed for several hours.

Earlier this month, two motorcyclists died in a horrific collision, also on the N67, but near Lisdoonvarna in north Clare. Both motorcycles burst into flames in the collision.

One of the victims, a 55-year-old German, had been living in Clare for about 14 years. The second man, who was part of a group of six holiday makers from Chile, was a well known television personality in his home country. His wife was also injured in the collision.

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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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