Man critical following early morning crash

Man critical following early morning crash


RTC Tulla 28/10/14
The Ford Mondeo car that was abandoned by it’s driver at the scene of this morning’s collision – © Pat Flynn 2014


A man in his 60’s remains in a critical condition in hospital following an early morning hit-and-run collision near Tulla.

The incident happened at around 7.20am when a silver Ford car collided with a blue van that was turning off the main road.

The driver of the Ford car fled the scene while the other motorist was left seriously injured in his vehicle.

While emergency crews worked to remove the injured man from his van, locals went to the scene to report they had seen another man covered in blood a short distance away.

A search was mounted however there was no sign of the man.

A short time later, a man presented himself at the local injuries unit at Ennis General Hospital. He was transferred to Limerick University Hospital for treatment while gardaí were also informed.

Gardaí are investigating whether this was the same man who fled the crash scene earlier.

The man R352 was closed while a forensic examination was carried out but reopened shortly after 3.00pm.

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.