Baby remains critical following Lissycasey crash

Baby remains critical following Lissycasey crash


The scene of Saturday's collision in Lissycasey
The scene of Saturday’s collision in Lissycasey

A 4-month-old baby remains in a critical condition in hospital following a road traffic collision in Co Clare on Saturday.

The two car head-on collision occurred at around 5.00pm on the main Ennis to Kilrush road at Glaun, Lissycasey.

There were two males along with the mother and baby in one car and just the driver, an elderly woman, traveling in the second vehicle.

Fire and ambulance crews from Ennis and Kilrush attended the scene along with several Garda units.

Ambulance paramedics requested the services of the Emergency Aeromedical Service (EAS) air ambulance to airlift the mother and baby to hospital.

It’s understood the Air Corps operated helicopter was in the Limerick area at the time and reached the scene within minutes.

The infant was airlifted from the scene along with her mother who was also seriously injured in the crash.

Both were initially flown to University Hospital Limerick but the baby was later transferred to Temple St hospital in Dublin for specialist treatment.The other three casualties were taken to UHL by road ambulance.

Air Ambulance HSE 2
File Photo: © Pat Flynn 2015

The baby was reported to be in a ‘critical but stable’ condition while the other casualties were all said to be ‘comfortable’.

It’s understood that the occupants of one car were a family, thought to be Irish but living overseas, and had been visiting Clare.

The road was blocked by the collision and remained closed for over 18 hours until a technical examination could be carried out.

After spending almost five hours at the incident on Saturday night fire crews returned to the scene yesterday (Sunday) to undertaker a clean-up operation before the road be reopened.

Both vehicles were removed for a technical examination.

Gardaí at Kilrush are investigating the incident and have appealed for witnesses to the collision to contact them on 055 9080550. 

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.