Two motorists are recovering in hospital following a collision in Co Clare that has been described as the ‘freakiest crash’.
The incident occurred at around 8.45am yesterday (Friday) at Barntick on the R473 Kildysart road about 6 kilometres from Ennis.
A Mitsubishi 4×4 vehicle and the cattle trailer it had been towing separated and ended up on opposite sides of the road after colliding with a car.
The trailer smashed into a wall on one side of the busy road while the jeep careered across the road and ploughed into a stone wall. The car came to a stop at the entrance to a local house on the same side of the road as the jeep.
The collision happened on a bend and hill and while the road was wet following an earlier thunderstorm, there was no immediate indication whether the conditions were a factor in the crash.
Three units of the fire brigade from Ennis along with three ambulances responded to the incident.
A rapid response advanced paramedic unit from Ennis and an ambulance officer from Limerick City, both specially trained in advanced life support (ALS) also attended the scene.
The female driver of the car, believed to be 40 years old and from Kilkee in west Clare, was left trapped in her vehicle following the collision and had to be cut free by firefighters.
The woman remained in the car for almost an hour where she was treated and stabilised by medics before being carefully removed and transported to hospital.
The driver of the 4×4 vehicle had been travelling to an abattoir at nearby Lisheen with two animals on a trailer. The cattle were not harmed in the incident.
The farmer was removed by ambulance to University Hospital Limerick (UHL) soon after the collision.
The woman was also taken to UHL after being freed from the wreckage. She was said to have been ‘seriously’ hurt but her injuries are not believed to be life threatening.
Several locals ran from their homes when they heard the collision.
“That was the most frightening thing I’ve even seen in my life. I knew I didn’t want to go up and see them (casualties) but I had check if they were alright. I thought I was going to see a body,” a local man said.
One emergency worker said: “That’s the freakiest crash I’ve even seen. The trailer went one way and the jeep went the other. It looked really bad when we arrived, definitely a strange one.”
The road remained closed for over two hours and reopened once a technical examination of the scene had been completed.
Gardaí from Ennis are investigating the cause of the collision.